Registering Your Vehicle For The First Time In Vermont
If you are registering your car, motorcycle, motorhome, jitney, motorbus, truck, or trailer (whether purchased in Vermont or out-of-state) for the first time in Vermont you must complete the entire Vermont Motor Vehicle Registration, Tax and Title application and comply with all requirements indicated on the application.
The instructions for completion of the Vermont Motor Vehicle Registration, Tax and Title application will provide you with important details concerning these requirements.
Registration plates are assigned and mailed to you unless you indicate otherwise (for example, if you are obtaining Vanity Plates).
Most questions you may have regarding this type of transaction may be answered by reading the instructions pertaining to the Vermont Motor Vehicle Registration, Tax and Title Application.
Moving to Vermont with a Vehicle Registered in another State
You must obtain a Vermont vehicle registration upon establishing residency in this state. This must be done no longer than 60 days after moving to Vermont or if your out-of-state vehicle registration expires before the end of this 60-day period you must obtain a Vermont vehicle registration before it expires (whichever occurs first). Two facts that you should be aware of when registering a vehicle in Vermont are:
- All vehicles must have liability insurance coverage in an amount that is not less than the statutory minimums.
- Upon registering your vehicle you will have 15 days in which to get the vehicle inspected at a Vermont Licensed Inspection Station.
To obtain your Vermont vehicle registration you must provide DMV with the following:
- a completed Registration Application form,
- the title to the vehicle (if the title to the vehicle is being held by the lien holder, you (the owner/lessee) must appear in person at one of our full time DMV locations (not a mobile location) with the full name and address of the lien holder. You would need to provide your original registration from your previous state. In this situation, only the owner/lessee may proceed with this transaction and only by appearing at one of our full time DMV offices and not a mobile location,
- an updated (current) odometer reading,
proof of the dollar amount of tax paid on the vehicle to any previous state. Must include vehicle and owner information.
- Note: At the time of registration a value will be assessed to your vehicle using one of the N.A.D.A. guides. This value will be used to determine the amount of taxes due. If you have proof of payment of taxes to another state, in your name, on that vehicle, we will deduct that amount from the taxes due to Vermont. If the taxes paid to the other state are less than the taxes due to the state of Vermont, you will be required to pay the difference.
- proof of paid tax is not required if you have owned the vehicle for over three years in a state that collects tax. You must either provide the title displaying an issue date of 3 years or more in the past OR supply 3 years worth of registrations (current registration is only creditable up to the current date).
- VIN Verification, and
- payment of any and all required fees.