How can you register a car without a title?

Is it possible to register a car without a title? I bought a car in an under-the-table kind of deal but I don't have a title for it.

Answer
In every state, you need a title to register your car. So you’ll need to apply for a new title before you can get the vehicle registered.
Follow these steps to get a new title:
  • Check the DMV website for your state’s title requirements. States and counties may have different requirements for getting a title. You’ll need to know your specific requirements if you’d like to apply for a new one.
  • Get in touch with the previous owner. If they can’t give you the title, then it may be more challenging to apply for a new one. But they may still have helpful information—like where they originally got the car.
  • Fill out and turn in the required paperwork. While every state will have its own sets of requirements, you’ll probably need to provide your car’s information. Specifically, you’ll need the vehicle identification number (VIN), odometer reading, and bill of sale.
Remember, you’ll also need proof of insurance to register your car. If you don’t know what type of insurance you’ll need, you can start by looking into your state’s minimum insurance requirements. Again, these should be available on the DMV’s website.
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Joshua Levy
Answered on Oct 26, 2021
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