New Residents

In general, a new resident to Massachusetts must re-Title and register his/her motor vehicle(s) immediately upon taking up residence in the Commonwealth. However, a new resident only has to obtain a new Title if he/she is registering his/her vehicle also.

 

A non-resident, such as a student or a military person who is living in Massachusetts on a temporary basis, is not required to re-Title his/her out-of-state vehicles in Massachusetts if he/she is in possession of a current Title from his/her state of residency. This policy, however, does not affect the registration requirements of out-of-state vehicles. When an out-of-state vehicle is brought into Massachusetts, but the owner has no intention of registering or operating that vehicle in Massachusetts, the owner is not required to re-Title the vehicle in Massachusetts.

 

With rare exceptions, the Registry will honor the statutes, administrative policies, and documentation of other states. See the New England States and New York State Title Policies listed below.* A customer with a vehicle from a foreign country should refer to the Imported Foreign Vehicles section for requirements and/or exemptions.

 

Out-of-State Titles Held by Lienholders

If the previous out-of-state Title is being held by a lienholder, the following must be presented to the Registry:

      An RMV-1 Form with the lienholder recorded

      A copy of the out-of-state registration or a copy of the out-of-state Title

 

The Registry will issue a non-negotiable Memorandum Title (please see the Memorandum Title section for more information) and mail it to the lienholder.

 

A letter will be sent requesting that the lienholder forward the out-of-state Title and the Memorandum Title to the Registry of Motor Vehicles Title Division so that the Registry can re-issue a negotiable Title.

 

If the lienholder does not forward the out-of-state Title to the Registry as requested when the loan is satisfied, the lienholder will release his/her/its interest on both the original, out-of-state Title and the Massachusetts Memorandum Title and mail them to the owner.

 

If the vehicle is subsequently sold or transferred, the owner must assign both the Massachusetts Memorandum Title and the out-of-state Title to the new owner.

 

*New England States Title Policies

 

Below is a summary of New England states Title policies recorded in the N.A.D.A Title and Registration Textbook as of 12/2011. Refer to the states' websites or to the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ Related Links page for the most current Title policies.

 

Connecticut: All motor vehicles and motorcycles must be titled besides the noted exceptions. EXCEPTIONS are: federally-owned vehicles (unless in Connecticut); vehicles owned by the state or local governments; vehicles owned by manufacturers and dealers and held for resale; nonresident vehicles, unless required by law to be registered; interstate vehicles properly titled in another state; vehicles registered temporarily for inspection or for transportation to the owner's home state; implements of husbandry; special mobile equipment; self-propelled wheel chairs or invalid tricycles; snowmobiles; all trailers not in excess of 3,000 pounds GVW; vehicles manufactured prior to 1981; ATVs; off-road vehicles; boats; mobile homes; and mopeds.

 

Maine: Maine will issue a Certificate of Title for all vehicles that are 15 years old or newer registered in Maine besides the noted exceptions. EXCEPTIONS are: any trailer with an unladen weight of 3,000 pounds or less; self-propelled wheelchairs; motorcycles with an engine displacement of less than 300 cc; vehicles engaged in interstate transportation of persons or property for which a currently effective Certificate of Title has been issued in another state; special equipment; special mobile equipment; ATVs; snowmobiles; mopeds; boats; and off-road motorcycles.

 

New Hampshire: Titles were first issued beginning in 1968. Titles are required for vehicles with a model year 15 years old and newer. Antique vehicles 26 years old or older may be titled on request. Upon transfer of ownership, every vehicle must be titled besides noted exceptions. EXCEPTIONS are: vehicles owned by the United States; vehicles owned by a manufacturer or dealer and held for sale, even though incidentally moved on the highway or used for purposes of testing or demonstration or a vehicle used by a manufacturer solely for testing; a vehicle owned by a nonresident of this state and not required by law to be registered in this state; a vehicle regularly engaged in the interstate transportation of persons or property for which a currently effective Certificate of Title has been issued in another state; a vehicle moved solely by animal power; an implement of husbandry; special mobile equipment; a self-propelled wheel chair or invalid tricycle; a snow traveling vehicle; trailers with a gross weight of less than 3,001 pounds; 15 model year vehicles and older, except heavy trucks (three or more axles) whose gross vehicle weight exceeds 18,000 pounds; truck-tractors (Peterbuilt, Mack, Kenworth, Freightliner, etc.), regardless of their model year; off-road vehicles; ATVs; trail-bikes; snowmobiles; mopeds; mobile homes; and watercraft. No Title or Duplicate Title will be issued on any exempt vehicle, even by request.

 

Rhode Island: Titles were first issued beginning in 1972 for all model vehicles designated as 1973 models and all subsequent model year vehicles. Effective January 1, 2011, all vehicles with model years of 2001 or later must be titled. All vehicles 20 years old and newer must be titled in order to be registered including vehicles and motorcycles. EXCEPTIONS are: snowmobiles; ATVs; off-road vehicles; vehicles owned by the United States unless registered in his state; vehicles owned by a manufacturer or dealer and held for sale, even though incidentally moved on the highway, or used for purposes of testing, or demonstration, or vehicles used by a manufacturer solely for testing; vehicles owned by a non-resident of this state; vehicles regularly engaged in the interstate transportation of persons or property for which a currently effective Certificate of Title has been issued in another state; vehicles moved solely by animal power; an implement of husbandry; special mobile equipment; self-propelled invalid wheelchairs or tricycles; trailers without motive power and designed for carrying property, to be drawn by a motor vehicle, and having a carrying capacity of 3,000 pounds or less; and motorized bicycles.

 

Vermont: Uniform vehicle code type Title law became effective September 1, 1996. It applies to all vehicles 15 years old or less, except trailers with an unladen weight of 1,500 pounds or less, motorcycles with less than 300cc of engine displacement, and motor-driven cycles. EXCEPTIONS are: allowed for dealers and manufacturers; vehicles engaged in interstate transportation with an effective Title in another state; vehicles owned by a non-resident, which are not required to be registered in Vermont; and mobile homes.

 

*New York State Title Policy

 

Below is a summary of New York State's Title policy recorded in the N.A.D.A Title and Registration Textbook as of 12/2011. Refer to the state's website or to the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ Related Links page for the most current Title policy.

 

New York: The Uniform Vehicle Certificate of Title Act became effective July 1, 1972. Titles are issued to 1973 and newer models and to those vehicles manufactured on and after January 1, 1973, for which no model year is assigned. For 1972 and older vehicles, transferable Registration Receipt or MV-353, Certification of New York State Registration for Transfer of Non- Titled Vehicle. Also titled are kit vehicles, junked vehicles, boats, RVs, motorcycles, buses, and government-owned cars. EXCEPTIONS are: vehicles owned by the United States, unless they are registered in this state; vehicles owned by a manufacturer or dealer and held for sale, even though incidentally moved on the highway or used for purposes of testing or demonstration; vehicles used by a manufacturer solely for testing; vehicles regularly engaged in the interstate transportation of persons or property for which a currently effective Title has been issued in another state; vehicles moved solely by animal power; an implement of husbandry; special mobile equipment (such as a street sweeper); limited use motorcycles including such vehicles as mopeds and off-highway motorcycles; self-propelled wheelchairs; invalid tricycles; pole trailers; trailers with an unladen weight less than 1,000 pounds; ATVs; and snowmobiles.