Along with your driver’s license, your car registration is one of the most important documents you need as a driver. Car registration refers to both the action of registering your car and the actual documents that prove that it is registered. Car registration helps each state keep track of which cars are on the road.
If you want to drive a car on public street, then you must register it within a certain timeframe. But, knowing how to register your car can be tricky, because each state has its own unique process. Learn everything you need to know about registering your car here.
Whether you buy a car new or used, you will need a new car registration. The fees and requirements for new car registration vary from state to state, but typically, you will need a combination of the following items:
The car’s title: You need the title to prove ownership. If you are leasing the car then you will need to show a copy of the lease agreement.
Bill of sale or Certificate of origin: If you purchased a brand new vehicle then you will need a certificate of origin, if you buy a car from a private seller then you will need a bill of sale.
Odometer reading: This shows your vehicle’s current mileage,
Emissions & safety certificates: These certificates help prove that your car has met your state’s criteria for exhaust emissions and that it is safe to have on the road. These requirements vary from state to state.
Proof of insurance: In most of the 50 states, you must have some form of car insurance to drive. However, this is another requirement that changes depending on the state so make sure you research the minimum car insurance needed for your state.
Identifying information about the vehicle: You will need to provide your car’s make model, year, color, and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
Identifying information about yourself: You will need a form of ID and proof of residence to register your car. In most cases, your driver’s license can be used for both of these requirements but sometimes when you move to a new state, you will have to provide a different proof of residence.
Money for the registration fee: This amount varies from state to state.
Once you own a car you will have to continue to renew its registration. Next, learn more about car registration renewal.