Massachusetts Car Title
Do you need a car title in Massachusetts? We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to receive your car title in Massachusetts. Select from the options below to get started.
Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
2: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the RMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local RMV.
3: Via a local RMV office
If you prefer to access RMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical RMV office location. Varying RMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the RMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local RMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.
New Massachusetts Car Title
In Massachusetts, it is necessary to apply for a new title when you purchase a new or used vehicle, change ownership of a vehicle, or register it for the first time within the state. If you are the owner, you will need to have the title of that vehicle put in your name. Whether you have purchased your vehicle from a private party or out-of-state dealer, refinanced your vehicle, or need to add or remove an owner from that vehicle's title, you will need to apply for a new title.
Visit Car-title.org for a step-by-step guide to obtaining or transferring your car title.
Obtaining a Duplicate Title
Lost your Massachusetts car title? You can apply for a duplicate either by phone or in person at any RMV office.
If your title is lost or stolen in Massachusetts, you will need to complete and sign an application for a duplicate title. You will be required to pay a duplicate fee of $25 and present certain proofs of identification and ownership. For more information regarding your motor vehicle tags and titles, visit http://www.massrmv.com/rmv/titles/index.htm.
Changing the Address On Your Car Title
In Massachusetts, changing the address on your vehicle's title can be completed either by mail or in person at any RMV office. You are required to report a change of address to the RMV as soon as possible following your move. Once you've changed the address on your vehicle title and registration, you may also want to change the address on your driver's license and voter registration. For information on making corrections to your voter registration, visit http://www.massrmv.com/rmv/titles/4correct.htm.
Changing the Name On Your Car Title
If you've recently changed your legal name in Massachusetts and would like your car title to display your new name, you will first need to update your information with the Social Security Administration. Visit the SSA website for more information.
Once you've updated your name with the SSA, you have the option of changing the name on your car title by mail or in person at your local RMV office.
Massachusetts Bill of Sale
In Massachusetts, you need a valid bill of sale to register a vehicle. For a bill of sale to be a valid legal document, it must contain the buyer’s name and the seller’s name, signatures and addresses, the vehicle’s make, model and year, its purchase price and date, its vehicle identification number (VIN) and its odometer reading at the time it was sold. Notarization of a bill of sale for a car in Massachusetts is not required.
Massachusetts Salvage Title
In the state of Massachusetts insurance companies have the authority to declare a vehicle a "total loss" if your auto is in an accident. If your insurance company takes possession of the vehicle, they are required to apply for a Salvage Title within 10 days. If you, as the owner of the vehicle retain possession, you can either apply for a Salvage Title or an Owner Retained Title after your salvage vehicle has gone through inspection. An Owner Retained Title can only be issued if the vehicle has an active registration and can be legally driven.
Note: Once a Salvage Title has been issued, the vehicle is no longer registered and cannot be driven.
Massachusetts Salvage Vehicle Inspection
As part of the process of titling your salvaged vehicle, your automobile needs to be inspected. To do this you'll need to fill out an Application for Inspection, then visit your local inspection location authorized by the Massachusetts Title Division/Auto Theft Section.
For more information, you can contact them at 857-368-8050 or visit their website at www.massrmv.com.
Apply for a Massachusetts Salvage Vehicle Title
To apply for a title on a salvaged car in Massachusetts, you'll need to go to your local Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle (RMV) branch. You'll need to complete and turn in a Salvage Vehicle Certificate of Title Application, along with paying a $50 application fee. You'll also need to have on hand your MA Certificate of Title, bill of sale, proof of insurance and your driver's license.
If you aren't able to visit a local office, you can also mail your application and fees to:
Salvage Title Department
Registry of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 55885
Boston, MA 02205-5885.
Massachusetts Salvage Vehicle Owner Retained Title
Once your salvaged vehicle is rebuilt and/or repaired, you can then apply for a MA Vehicle Owner Retained Title. Just go to your local Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle (RMV) branch and bring with you:
- Salvage Certificate
- Safety inspection paperwork
- Bill of sale
- Odometer statement
- Driver's license
- Documentation of valid insurance
Once you provide the required information to the RMV, you can fill out a MD Vehicle Title Application.
Title an Abandoned Vehicle in Massachusetts
An Abandoned Vehicle Title in Massachusetts can be claimed by anyone as long as the owner does not come forward to claim it. To claim an abandoned vehicle and title it in Massachusetts, you'll have to first contact your local Massachusetts law authorities, and then fill out a report for the abandoned vehicle.
Your next step it to publish a notice in the newspaper that an abandoned vehicle was found, including its location. This is done to give the prior owner a chance to claim the vehicle. If the prior owner does not come forward, or is not located by authorities within 60 days, you'll be able to apply for a Maine Vehicle Title. For more information contact your local BMV office.