Imported Foreign Vehicle

Imported foreign vehicles are also known as grey market vehicles. Find out about the policies, information, and instructions of imported foreign vehicles.

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Overview

There are two ways in which a vehicle may be considered an imported foreign vehicle:

  • The vehicle was manufactured for use in another country
  • The vehicle was previously registered in another country

Indicators that a vehicle is an imported foreign vehicle would be any of the following:

  • Foreign registration
  • Foreign certificate of origin
  • Foreign title
  • U.S. customs entry documents

If the registration or bill(s) of sale are in a foreign language, the document(s) must be translated.

New Vehicles from Canada

To title a new vehicle from Canada, a customer must present all of the following:

  • RMV-1 Form
  • A Certificate of Origin, containing an acceptable statement of low emissions compliance (NOTE: a "New Vehicle Information Statement" is not acceptable)
  • Bill(s) of Sale providing a complete chain of transfers and ownerships
  • One of the following U.S. Customs Entry Forms:
    • CF 3299 - Declaration for Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles
    • CF 7501 - Entry Summary

Used Vehicles from Canada

To title a used vehicle from Canada, a customer must present all of the following:

  • RMV-1 Form
  • Original Canadian Province Registration Certificate or previous Certificate of Title if from Nova Scotia (Nova Scotia is the only Canadian province that issues Titles)
  • Bill(s) of Sale providing a complete chain of transfers and ownerships
  • One of the following U.S. Customs Entry Forms:
    • CF 3299 - Declaration for Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles
    • CF 7501 - Entry Summary

Vehicles from Countries other than Canada

To title an imported foreign vehicle from all foreign countries except Canada, a customer must present all of the following:

  • RMV-1 Form
  • Previous Registration
  • Bill(s) of Sale providing a complete chain of transfers and ownerships
  • One of the following U.S. Customs Entry Forms
    • CF 3299 - Declaration for Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles
    • CF 7501 - Entry Summary

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U.S. Department of Transportation or Environmental Protection Agency standards, the vehicle cannot be registered or titled, and the customer must contact the US Customs office.

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