Massachusetts vehicle registration regulations require motor vehicle owners to properly register their motor vehicle with the Registry of Motor Vehicles of Massachusetts before driving on the roads. Both new and used vehicles have to complete MA registration.
Initial Massachusetts Vehicle Registration
If you are registering your motor vehicle in for the first time in Massachusetts, here are the steps to complete the MA vehicle registration process.
Massachusetts Vehicle Registration (Bought from a Non-Dealer)
You must first contact a state licensed insurance agent in order to collect an active insurance policy. Ask the insurance agent to then complete and stamp this Application for Registration and Title (Form RMV-1). If the vehicle has a lien on it, you must make sure that all the information of the lien holder is discussed.
You can then visit a full service the Registry of Motor Vehicles branch office, and bring along the completed title and MA registration form. You will have to provide proof of auto insurance, the Certificate of Title from the previous owner or the previous vehicle registration and the bill of sale.
For motor vehicles that have been previously registered in a different state, you will also need the original, title that is out-of-state. If this title is unavailable, you can alternatively bring the vehicle’s registration document with proof of sales tax payment. You will also get a inspection sticker within seven days of your motor vehicle completing the MA vehicle Registration.
Massachusetts Vehicle Registration (Bought from an Out of State Dealer)
You will still need a state license insurance agent to submit Application for Registration and Title (Form RMV-1). You can then bring the completed title form and MA registration form, proof of insurance, Certificate of Origin for new vehicles, dealer reassignment, and the previous owner’s title. When submitting the Bill of Sale or the Certificate of Origin, the purchase price, selling date, and odometer reading have to be mentioned on the back of the form.
IF the motor vehicle has a registration from a different state, you must provide the original, out-of-state title or the registration document with proof of sales tax payment. After completing the MA registration, you must then get a vehicle inspection within seven days.
Massachusetts Vehicle Registration (Bought from a Massachusetts Dealer)
The dealer should complete and stamp the Application for Registration and Title (form RMV-1). You can then talk to a state licensed insurance to get an active insurance policy. Go to a full service Registry of Motor Vehicles branch office, and bring along the completed title and MA vehicle registration form, proof of insurance, and the Certificate of Origin for new vehicles.
Massachusetts Vehicle Registration Fees
When you complete your MA vehicle registration, you need to also pay the appropriate fees including the $50 title fee and the registration fee, which varies depending on the vehicle.
Renewing your Massachusetts vehicle registration
Owners of vehicles in Massachusetts have to renew their MA vehicle registration every year, and can do so online, in person, by mail or telephone.