If you’re moving to Massachusetts or have recently purchased a car in the state, you may need to learn about licensing and registration.
New Registration for Your Massachusetts Vehicle
If you have just moved to Massachusetts, you will have thirty days to register your vehicle after establishing residency. You can do this in person at any Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). If your vehicle was registered in your previous state for more than six months, you will be exempt from paying sales tax for Massachusetts.
When you purchase your vehicle from a Massachusetts dealership, the dealer will handle the paperwork for titling and registering your car. To register yourself, you may go to the RMV or and submit:
- The signed Application for Registration and Title (Form RMV-1)
- An Affidavit in Support for Exemption from Sales or Use Tax for a Motor Vehicle Purchased Outside of Massachusetts (Form MVU-29), if applicable.
- Your out-of-state title.
- Payment for car registration fees and the $75 titling fee
Massachusetts Vehicle Inspections
Massachusetts requires all vehicles to get annual inspections. You can find your inspections and emissions repair stations online. You must always display your inspection sticker on your car window. The inspection is comprised of a safety check and a smog and emissions check.
Registration Renewal in Massachusetts
You can renew your registration online, on the phone, by mail, or in person. You will renew every two years. Massachusetts will send you a registration renewal form (RMV-2) to you in the mail six to eight weeks before your registration expires. If you don’t have a renewal form, you can fill out your application to renew (RMV-3) form. The fee for a passenger car is $60 for two years.
Titling in Massachusetts
You can find all of the fees for titling and transfers at the RMV schedule of fees. They are based on your vehicle type, license plate type, and potential reinstatement costs. If you get your car from a dealer, the dealer will complete and sign the application for registration and title. You will then take this application to your local RMV and pay the $75 title fee, 6.25% sales tax, and any additional fees based on your type of vehicle. You have seven days from your date of purchase to get an inspection sticker.
Driver’s Licenses in Massachusetts
If you are new to Massachusetts, you must relinquish your out-of-state license as soon as you become a resident. Non-commercial licenses are valid for five years. Get a Massachusetts driver’s license at your RMV via the following steps:
- Submit your out of state license
- Submit proof of your birth date
- Submit proof of your signature
- Submit proof of your Massachusetts residency (utility bill, lease, etc.)
- Submit proof of your Social Security number
- Pay the $115 licensing fee
Massachusetts Auto Insurance Requirements
Every car must have the following minimum insurance in Massachusetts:
- $20,000 per person / $40,000 per accident for bodily injury to others
- $8,000 per person in an accident for personal injury protection (PIP)
- $20,000 per person / $40,000 per accident for bodily injury caused by an uninsured auto
- $5,000 per accident for damage to someone else’s property