Applying for a Registration

Registration

Please refer to this section if you have purchased a new or used vehicle and are applying for a new registration. If you are transferring a registration, please read the Transferring a Registration section.

Fees

Please note that registration fees vary by plate type. See the Fee Chart for a list of RMV plate types and fees. A $75.00 title fee and the applicable sales tax will also be collected.

Light and Medium Duty Vehicles That Have Not Been Previously Titled

The Certificate of Origin must be imprinted with a statement of compliance by the manufacturer indicating that the vehicle is California-certified.

Statements that comply:

  • This vehicle has a California emission system
  • This vehicle meets/satisfies Massachusetts emission standards
  • This vehicle is certified/legal for sale in Massachusetts
  • This vehicle is certified/legal for sale in 50 states

Statements that do not comply:

  • This vehicle meets/satisfies Federal emission standards
  • This vehicle is certified/legal for sale in 49 states
  • This vehicle is certified/legal for sale in New York or Vermont
  • A dealership certification stamp
  • No statement

For more information on this, please visit the Department of Environmental Protection website.