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To transfer a registration and title from out of state, you will need the following:
A completed RMV-1 application completed and signed by appropriate parties
Proof of insurance through the RMV-1 application with insurance stamp and signature in section 41B
Proof of ownership through certificate of title or if lien exists, registration from previous state
The following states issue a title even if a lien exists: NY, KY, MI, MN, MD, MO, OK, and MT
Correct payment (see our schedule of fees)
Please note that registration fees vary by plate type. See the Schedule of fees for a list of RMV plate types and fees.
Fill out an affidavit in support for exemption from sales or use tax for a motor vehicle purchased outside of Massachusetts (MVU-29).
This form is available at any RMV Service Center.
If there is a lien against the vehicle, you will be required to surrender your out-of-state registration rather than your out-of-state title. In this case, the RMV-1 must note the complete lienholder information and the out-of-state title number.
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.
If while a resident of another state your vehicle was either purchased and registered in that state for more than 6 months or purchased in Massachusetts more than 6 months ago but was delivered to you out of Massachusetts by the seller, you are exempt from paying Massachusetts sales tax. When registering a vehicle purchased in Massachusetts that was delivered to another state, you must submit a copy of the bill of sale or dealer invoice, and a copy of your letter of delivery, which must be signed under the pains and penalties of perjury. The letter of delivery must include all of the following information:
Note: If the seller is a dealer or company, the letter of delivery must be on the dealership or company letterhead.
You are not exempt from Massachusetts sales tax if your vehicle was purchased and delivered in Massachusetts and the original sales tax was never paid.
Along with the completed RMV-1 application, you must submit the following documents:
Sales tax will be collected at 6.25% of the purchase price or the National Automotive Dealer Association (NADA) trade-in value, whichever is higher. Interest and penalties will be calculated from the purchase date.
When a leased vehicle is brought to Massachusetts, the vehicle must be registered and titled here, unless the vehicle is currently titled in the leasing company’s state of residence (for example, the vehicle is titled in Ohio, and leasing company is based in Ohio).
Note: The address the leasing company is listing on the RMV-1 must be an address listed with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR).
Note: It is the lessee's responsibility, not the insurance company’s/agent’s, to acquire the out-of-state title, if it is not already in your possession.