Transfer a vehicle title in New Jersey

How to change vehicle ownership in this state without hassles

What you need to know to transfer a vehicle title in New Jersey:

  • If you change vehicle ownership through a private sale (not a dealership), you must title your vehicle within 10 days of purchase or face a penalty fee.
  • You must show Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MCO) displaying the sales tax-satisfied stamp. You need to pay sales tax on the actual vehicle price. Certain vehicles are exempt from sales tax.
  • If the vehicle is financed, you must provide the address and corpcode of the lien holder. The original title will be sent to the lien holder
  • 2009 model year and later passenger vehicles or light duty trucks weighing less than 8,500 lbs. are required to meet California Low Emission Vehicle Program standards.
  • When you change vehicle ownership on used vehicles purchased in New Jersey, you must also provide the former title with the assignment section on the back completed and signed by the previous owner.

Registering your vehicle in New Jersey has never been easier

Get everything you need—fully completed—before you step foot inside of your local department of motor vehicles, including:

  • Bill of Sale
  • Estimated tax calculation for the vehicle purchased
  • State forms completed with data provided
  • Fully customized for the state of New Jersey and your unique situation

This service is designed to get you in and out of your motor vehicles department with everything you need to make title transfer and vehicle registration as seamless as possible.

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