Time of Payment

By law, a motor vehicle or trailer required to be titled in Massachusetts must be titled within ten days of purchase. At this time, the buyer must pay the sales/use tax. If the motor vehicle or trailer is not required to be titled in Massachusetts, then the tax must be paid on or before the 20th day of the month following the date of purchase, after which penalties and interest will accrue. For more information on what vehicles need and do not need to be titled, please see the Vehicles That Need a Title section and the Vehicles That Do Not Need a Title section.