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Before you visit the RMV, use this checklist to Get Ready to Go.

The information and documents listed below are needed in order to process your Registration/Title (RMV-1) Application. Please make sure you have all the required information before coming to the Service Center.

Don’t waste your time getting in line until you verify you have the documentation below :

  • Completed Application

      • RMV-1 application completed and signed by appropriate parties
        • Registration/Vehicle section
        • Owner section
        • Title section
        • Lienholder section, if applicable
        • Insurance Certification
        • Signature section
  • Proof of Insurance

      • RMV-1 application with insurance stamp and signature in section 41B
      • The policy change date or effective date cannot be more than 30 days old OR be a date in the future to be eligible to register the vehicle
  • Proof of Ownership

      • 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

      • $75 Title fee, plus Registration fee (varies by plate type), plus applicable sales tax
      • Payable by cash, check (payable to MassDOT), or money order only
      • If the vehicle has been owned for more than 6 months, a sales tax exemption form (MVU-29) is required to be exempt from paying sales tax in Massachusetts
      • Sales tax will be calculated on sale price or NADA value (“book value”) of the vehicle, whichever is higher
      • If vehicle has not been owned for more than 6 months, a Bill of Sale is required to determine sales tax owed to Massachusetts

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.

Leased Vehicles and Lessees – Additional Considerations

        • The leasing company must be registered with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. If the leasing company is not registered with the Department of Revenue, the application will be rejected until the leasing company registers
        • A Power of Attorney is required from the leasing company if the customer/lessee is signing documents on behalf of the leasing company
        • The original Title is needed if the leasing company is located in a different state than the one the vehicle is titled AND there is no lien on the vehicle.  Otherwise, a copy of the Title is required




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