✅ Updated October 2021

Ultimate guide to Registering your Vehicle in New Jersey

Here's the ultimate guide to registering your vehicle in New Jersey. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.


What You’ll Need to Register your Vehicle in New Jersey

  • New Jersey driver’s license OR proof of identity in compliance with the 6-Point ID requirements
  • Proof of Social Security number
  • Proof of vehicle ownership 
    • New Jersey vehicle title (signed over by seller) OR
    • Out-of-state vehicle title
  • Proof of New Jersey vehicle insurance, including:
    • Liability insurance;
    • Personal injury protection insurance; AND
    • Uninsured motorist coverage
  • Odometer disclosure statement
  • Payment for applicable fees 
    • Registration fee (varies based on age & weight of vehicle)
    • $60 title fee ($85 if vehicle has lien)
    • $4.50 license plate transfer fee (if applicable)


What You’ll Do to Register your Vehicle in New Jersey

  • Step 1: Visit the MVC to obtain the necessary forms for titling and registration (optional: make an appointment!)
  • Step 2: Complete the required forms
  • Step 3: Visit the MVC to submit your application (optional: make an appointment!)
    • Provide the required documents & ID
    • Submit payment
    • Receive a temporary title and registration plus new license plates (if needed)
  • Step 4: Receive your New Jersey vehicle title and registration via U.S. mail.

Caveats and Exceptions in Registering your Vehicle in New Jersey

  • New to New Jersey?  If your vehicle is more than 5 model years old, then you will need to get your vehicle inspected within 10 days of receiving your temporary title and registration documents.
  • Is your title held by a lien holder? Then you will not receive your license plates until the MVC obtains the title information from the lien holder.  You will need to visit the MVC again to receive your license plates.

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