Repossessions, Bankruptcies, Divorce Orders and Similar Transfers

In some cases, as prescribed by Massachusetts law, an owner may be forced to relinquish ownership of a vehicle. For example, a lienholder might repossess a vehicle for violation of the security agreement. In these cases, the owner may not be required to assign his/her Certificate of Title to the transferee.


This section covers requirements for the following types of transfers:


      Abandoned vehicles

      Divorce orders/judicial transfers

      Mechanics garage and stored vehicle liens

      Police-ordered tows


      Seizures by the government

      Undocumented and bonded vehicles


Vehicle transfers in these cases may be exempt from sales/use tax. Please see the Massachusetts Sales and Use Tax Requirements section for more details.