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

By law, you must apply for a Certificate of Title for a motor vehicle or trailer within 10 days of purchase.

  1. Completed Application

      • RMV-1 application completed and signed by appropriate parties
        • Registration/Vehicle section
        • Owner section
        • Title section
        • Lienholder section, if applicable
        • Signature section (New Owners and MA Authorized Dealer, if applicable)
        • Sales or Use Tax Schedule – to be completed by Massachusetts dealers, if applicable
  2. Proof of Ownership

      • Certificate of Origin (new vehicles only), previous owner's Certificate of Title assigned to the new owner, Dealer Re-Assignment form (if applicable), or the previous Registration and the Bill of Sale (if exempt from obtaining a Title)
        • Must contain signatures of sellers and buyers
        • Mileage must be recorded in appropriate area
  3. Payment of $75 (plus applicable sales tax)

      • Cash, check, and money order accepted only
      • Proper sales tax
        • For a private sale or for a sale from a dealer not registered with the MA Department of Revenue (DOR), sales tax will be calculated on sale price or NADA value (“book value”) of the vehicle, whichever is higher. For a dealer registered with MA DOR, the sales tax is calculated based on the sale price of vehicle
        • Sales tax must be paid by the 20th of the month following the date of purchase.  Late payment of sales or use tax subjects you to penalties and interest from the MA DOR
      • If exempt from sales tax, a completed sales tax exemption form is required

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.

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