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To apply for a registration and title for a vehicle purchased from a dealer, you will need the following:
Proof of insurance
Proof of ownership
Please note that registration fees vary by plate type. See the schedule of fees for a list of RMV plate types and fees.
Massachusetts dealer purchase
A 6.25% sales tax will be collected at this time based on the purchase price of the dealer sale. If the dealer is not registered with the Department of Revenue or the vehicle was purchased through a private sale, the sales tax will be calculated at 6.25% of the purchase price or the National Automotive Dealer Association (NADA) clean trade-in value, whichever is higher. If no clean trade-in value is available a default value agreed upon by both the Registry of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Revenue will be used.
After completing the transaction, you will receive a registration certificate, new plates and a year of expiration decal for the rear plate. The title will be processed and mailed in approximately 6 to 8 weeks. If you have a loan on the vehicle, the title will be mailed directly to your lienholder.
Out of state dealer purchase
If you purchased the vehicle from an out-of-state dealer, you must go to a licensed Massachusetts insurance agent. There, you must:
Get an active insurance policy
Have the agent stamp and sign an application for registration & title (RMV-1 form). If you purchased the vehicle from an out-of-state dealer, the agent must complete the form. If you purchased the vehicle from a Massachusetts dealer, they must they must complete and sign the form.
With the completed RMV-1 must have the bill of sale and one of the following documents:
A manufacturer's certificate of origin (new vehicles only), or
The previous owner's certificate of title, dealer reassignment form if applicable
The previous registration for vehicles that are exempt from title due to their age.
If you present the certificate of origin or the previous owner's title, check for the following on the back:
The date sold
The odometer reading
The sale price.
An out-of-state dealer or a service provider may mail the required documentation. To title and register a vehicle for a Massachusetts resident, send the documents to:
Registry of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 55895
Boston, MA 02205-5895
The RMV will return transactions to the sender if they do not include all the required documentation. All titles must include an RMV-1 form. Include all supporting documentation.
A registration certificate
A year of expiration decal for the rear plate
A 6.25% sales tax will be collected based on the purchase price of the dealer sale. If the dealer is not registered with the Department of Revenue, the sales tax will be calculated at 6.25% of the purchase price or the National Automotive Dealer Association (NADA) trade-in value, whichever is higher.
The RMV will process the title and mail it in approximately 6 to 8 weeks. If you have a loan on the vehicle, the RMV will mail your title to your lienholder.
You must obtain a vehicle inspection sticker within 7 days of the registration date.
Any erasures, white-outs, or alterations on the proof of ownership or application will not be accepted. The application must be legible, and printed on white 8 ½” x 11” paper. Color paper and card stock will not be accepted. The application must match the supporting documentation being presented.
Leased vehicles and lessees – additional considerations
Business entities include incorporated companies, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), foreign corporations, sole proprietors, trusts, and partnerships.
Massachusetts General Laws Chapters 90 and 90D require that a vehicle be registered and titled in the name of the legal owner. If the owner is a business entity, the vehicle must be registered and titled in the legal business name. A "Doing Business As" (DBA) is not a legal entity. Therefore, vehicles cannot be registered or titled to a DBA. All incorporated entities, such as corporations and LLCs, must be registered with the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Corporations Division before applying for a vehicle registration in Massachusetts.
In order to register a vehicle in a business entity name, the following must be provided to the RMV:
A business entity must supply proof of this information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This proof must not be older than two years.
Proof of these IRS documents must be presented at an RMV Service Center. The documents should be two years old or less. Fax copies and photocopies of the above forms are acceptable. Application forms, such as the SS-4 form, are not accepted as proof.