Checklist - Registration/Title - Vehicles Purchased From a Dealer

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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 (New Owners and MA Authorized Dealer)
        • Sales or Use Tax Schedule – to be completed by Massachusetts dealers
  • 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 Origin (for a new vehicle ) or a Certificate of Title (for a used vehicle) AND copy of Bill of Sale
        • Must contain signatures from authorized dealer representative and buyers
        • Mileage must be recorded in appropriate area
  • 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 dealership is not registered with 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

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




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