Car Titles in Massachusetts
To know how to get a car title in Massachusetts, it is important to understand that the process will differ depending on how you acquired the vehicle. If you purchased a vehicle from a dealership, you must obtain a completed and signed application
for registration and title form from the dealership. A new car title can be acquired by visiting your local RMV and presenting the completed form, proof of insurance and applicable fees. If you purchased a vehicle from another individual or if you were gifted a vehicle, a transfer must be completed instead.
A RMV title transfer will require the previous owner’s certificate of title that has been completed and assigned to you. The title must include the signatures of both you and the person who sold the vehicle to you and the odometer reading must be listed correctly. Transfers are completed in person and you must provide the title, proof of your insurance and related fees.
Be on the lookout for salvaged vehicles if you are purchasing a vehicle from another individual. A salvage title is only issued if a vehicle has been declared as a “total loss” by an insurance agency due to an unrecoverable theft or damages that are uneconomical to repair. While you can still transfer this form of title into your name, it is important to learn about the risks that come with a salvage vehicle.
You must be sure to Request an RMV title replacement if your vehicle’s title becomes lost, stolen or damaged. Fortunately, this can be done online, in person or by mail.