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Family/gift transfers

Find out how to register a vehicle acquired from a family member or given to you as a gift.

Vehicles transferred from family members

You are exempt from paying sales tax on a vehicle transferred from any of the following family members:

  • Father/mother

  • Brother/sister

  • Husband/wife

  • Son/daughter

The family member transferring the vehicle must complete a sales tax exemption form (MVU-26).  The exemption does not apply if transferred from a grandparent, cousin, uncle or aunt.

Vehicles transferred as a gift

You may be exempt from paying sales tax on a vehicle transferred to you as a gift from another person.  The person transferring the vehicle must have met the tax laws of the state they registered it.  You must pay a $25 fee and the title and registration fees.  The person gifting the vehicle must complete a sales tax exemption form (MVU-24).

To obtain a registration and title, you will need to submit the following in person at any RMV Service Center:

  • A completed Registration and Title Application.  The owner must sign this, and your insurance company must stamp it.

  • Previous owner's certificate of title assigned to the new owner. If your vehicle is exempt from title due to age, you must present the previous registration and the bill of sale.

  • A $75 title fee

  • Registration fee (fees vary by plate type, refer to the RMV's Schedule of Fees)

  • Sales tax exemption form completed and signed by previous owner

  • This is a family MVU-26 or gift MVU-24.

  • $25 gift fee, if applicable

If you are presenting the previous owner's title, be sure to complete the back with:

  • The date transferred

  • Odometer reading

  • Purchase price ('Gift' if applicable)

You and the previous owner must sign the back of the title.

After you complete the transaction, you will receive one of the following:

  • A registration certificate

  • New plates and a year of expiration decal for the rear plate

  • A registration certificate with the new vehicle information

The RMV will process and title and mail it to you in approximately 6 to 8 weeks.

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


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