Apply for a registration and title for a vehicle purchased from an individual

If you’ve purchased a vehicle from an individual, you will need to apply for registration in order to drive it in Massachusetts legally.

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What you need for Apply for a registration and title for a vehicle purchased from an individual

To register and title a vehicle purchased from an individual (non-dealer), you will need the following:

  • A completed application for registration & title (RMV-1 form)

  • The previous owner’s certificate of title or the previous owner's registration and bill of sale for vehicles that are exempt because of his/her age

  • Applicable fee

Fees for Apply for a registration and title for a vehicle purchased from an individual

Fees vary by plate type - refer to our Schedule of Fees.

Name Fee Unit
Certificate of Title Fee $75 each

How to apply Apply for a registration and title for a vehicle purchased from an individual

To register and title your vehicle, you must: 

  1. Go to a licensed Massachusetts insurance agent to obtain an active insurance policy and have the agent complete, stamp and sign an application for registration & title (RMV-1 form).
    • If there is a lien against the vehicle, make sure the lienholder information is complete and accurate.
  2. The completed RMV-1 must be accompanied by one of the following documents:
    • The previous owner’s certificate of title, or
    • The previous owner's registration and bill of sale for vehicles that are exempt because of their age
    •  Federal and Massachusetts laws require that the seller(s) state the mileage upon transfer of ownership. Also, both buyer(s) and seller(s) are required to sign and hand print their name and date the transfer document. If the previous title has a space for a sales price, the price must be filled in. If the previous title does not have a space for a sales price, a bill of sale showing the sales price must be submitted
  3. Take the completed application and supporting documents to the nearest RMV Service Center.

The sales tax for a private sale is calculated at 6.25% of the purchase price or the National Automotive Dealer Association (NADA) trade-in value, whichever is higher.

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.

Next steps for Apply for a registration and title for a vehicle purchased from an individual

Vehicle Inspection

You must obtain a vehicle inspection sticker within 7 days of the registration date.

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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.

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