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.

Registry of Motor Vehicles

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The Details

What you need

To register and title a vehicle purchased from a non-dealer, you will need:

  • 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 their age.

  • Applicable payment

 

 

 

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Fees

For a complete schedule of our fees, view our fee chart.

Name Fee Unit
Certificate of Title $75 each

How to apply

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's 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 RMV-1 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

Vehicle Inspection

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

More info

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.

Registering/Titling in Business Entity Name

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:

  • Legal name
  • Mailing address
  • Business address (if different)
  • Federal Identification (FID) number

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 a Registry branch office. 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.

Acceptable proof of FID includes the following IRS documents:

  • Form 147C
  • Form 5372 - Notice of New Employer Identification Number Assigned
  • CP575 notice (issued by IRS)
  • Certificate of Exemption Form ST-2 (issued by the Department of Revenue)

 

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From area codes 339, 617, 781, and 857, or from outside Massachusetts

From all other Massachusetts area codes

For people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (in Massachusetts)

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