Out of State Dealer Purchase - Applying for a Registration


To Register and Title Vehicles Purchased from an Out-of-State Dealer:

  1. You must go to a licensed Massachusetts insurance agent to obtain an active insurance policy and have the agent complete, stamp and sign an Application for Registration & Title (RMV-1 Form).

    If there is a lien against the vehicle, please make sure the lienholder information is complete and accurate.

  2. The completed RMV-1 must be accompanied by the bill of sale and one of the following documents:
    • A manufacturers Certificate of Origin (new vehicles only), or
    • The previous owner's Certificate of Title, Dealer Re-Assignment form if applicable, or
    • The previous registration for vehicles that are exempt from title because of their age.
  3. If presenting the Certificate of Origin or the previous owner's title, be sure the date sold, the odometer reading and the purchase price have been completed on the back. The dealer or the previous owner(s) and you must sign the back of either of these forms.

  4. Take the completed RMV-1 application and supporting documents to the nearest RMV Full Service Center.

If you are an out of state dealer or a service provider, and are seeking to title and register a vehicle for a Massachusetts resident, you may mail the required documentation to the following address:

Registry of Motor Vehicles
Registration Department
P.O. Box 55895
Boston, MA 02205-5895

Transactions that do not include all of the required documentation will be returned to the sender for completion. All titles that are mailed to be processed must include an Application for Title and Registration (RMV-1 form) and any supporting documentation.

Note: Titles that are mailed in without any other documentation will be returned to the sender.

A 6.25% sales tax will be collected based on the purchase price of the dealer sale. If the dealer is not registered with the Department of Revenue, the sales tax will be calculated at 6.25% of the purchase price or the National Automotive Dealer Association (NADA) trade-in value, whichever is higher.

After completing the transaction, you will receive a registration certificate, new plates and a year of expiration decal for the rear plate. The title will be processed and mailed in approximately six (6) to eight (8) weeks. If you have a loan on the vehicle, the title will be mailed directly to your lienholder.

You must obtain a vehicle inspection sticker within seven (7) days of the registration date.

Before you visit the RMV, use this Vehicles Purchased from a Dealer Checklist to Get Ready to Go!

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