How to Register a Car

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How to Register a Car

Registering your new car is the official way to declare that you are the owner of a particular vehicle with a specific frame number. It is required for obvious legal reasons and it is mandatory in all countries, including the United States. Here is the process that you need to follow in order to learn how to register your car to the authorities.

Visit the DMV

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First, you should visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles office and ask for the specific requirements that apply in your state. While the generic procedure is very similar, there might be differences in the requirements for document submission, registration fees, taxes that may apply to the category of your vehicle, and forms that must be filled out. Getting to know all of these is a solid first step.

Start an Insurance Contract

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Vehicle registration is tightly connected to vehicle insurance, so the first thing that you need to do is to start an insurance contract. The DMV office will as for proof of this insurance contract which you may provide by bringing them the insurance ID card provided by the company that offers you this service.

Pass an Emissions Test and Safety Inspection

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You will also have to prove that your car is suitable for use and that it complies with the national environmental and emissions standards. This should be done on a yearly basis, and by technicians who work in workshops that are certified by the state to perform these tests and issue the relevant certificates. This is a fairly easy step as it takes little time and costs little money to do.

Have an Ownership Title

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Finally, you will have to submit an official car ownership title with your name on it. This should contain information like your vehicle ID, the make, the year of manufacturing, the license plate number, the gross weight, the power, the purchase price of the original owner (that’s new if you bought it as brand new), and a distinction between “registered” or “legal” owner of the vehicle.

If you want to stay away from legal trouble and fines, you should not neglect to register your vehicle every year, or as per the state requirements. If the vehicle that you own is not intended to be used on public roads, but for recreation purposes or agriculture, then you may not have to register it. Visit dmv.org to learn more specific details about the state that you are interested in, and also the special terms that apply to the type of your vehicle.

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