Agreeing to purchase a vehicle from a private seller or dealership in any state is just the start. To make it a done deal, you must follow through with the paperwork. There are many a horror story for both buyer and sellers who neglected to complete car title transfers in a timely manner.
Some differences, depending on the state you live in, may be that you won’t need to have a licensed vary verify the VIN nor need to have an inspection if either is usually required in your state. Often, any required value taxes may be waived as well.
If you have moved to a new state, you may want or be required to transfer the title such that you are issued a title by the state you now reside in for the vehicle you already own. Changing your title over from one state to another is usually simple and requires handing over the out of state title so you can be issued an in-state title. If you have lost the title, you can usually obtain a copy from the state it is filed with. You may also be able to just register your vehicle in the new state to obtain plates without having to transfer the title. Contact your state’s DMV, MVD, or RMV for more information on this option.
It is important to remember that, while often thought of as one thing, a registration is separate from a title. You title a vehicle to establish ownership. You register a vehicle to establish that it is legal to be driven on public roads.
Registrations are important documents. If you are stopped by the police or if you are involved in a crash, you will need to produce the registration card or certificate along with proof of insurance. This is the case in virtually every state. It is important to keep the card or certificate in the vehicle or it needs to be with the person that is driving the vehicle. Also, you may be asking if you can transfer license plates from one car to another. The answer is usually yes, as long as the owner remains the same. You usually cannot do a registration transfer or transfer of plates to another person, such as the one you are selling or gifting your vehicle to.