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To register and title a vehicle purchased from a 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
For a complete list, see our schedule of fees.
To register and title your vehicle, you must:
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.
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.
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.