FAQs - Registrations and Titles

  1. Where do I go to title and register my boat/recreational vehicle?
  2. How may I obtain a duplicate registration?
  3. How do I register my newly purchased trailer?
  4. My green registration plate is faded. How do I get a new one?
  5. If I have the red and white "Spirit of America" plates, do I have to use both plates?
  6. I did not receive a new plate decal with my registration renewal. What should I do?
  7. May I order a special plate on the internet?
  8. I have a leased vehicle and did not receive my new registration certificate or plate decal after renewing. What should I do?
  9. When I mail in my registration renewal, do I send both halves of the RMV-2 card?
  10. How do I obtain a Disability Placard or Disability Plates?
  11. Whom do I contact if I did not receive the title to my vehicle?
  12. Where do I get a parking permit/sticker?
  13. How do I pay outstanding parking/excise tickets?
  14. What do I need to include in a bill of sale?
  15. How can I get a new plate to replace one that I've lost?
  16. Is there a grace period for transferring a registration?
  17. How do I report someone who has vehicles registered in another state but who lives here?
  18. What is the Seven-Day Registration Transfer Law?

  1. Where do I go to title and register my boat/recreational vehicle?

    Visit the Massachusetts Division of Law Enforcement web site for information on registering and titling boats or all terrain vehicles(ATV's)/snowmobiles. The RMV does not provide this service.


  2. How may I obtain a duplicate registration?

    You may go to the Duplicate Registration section in the Transaction Page and order a duplicate online. You may also call the RMV Telephone Center and a representative will process your transaction. To complete this transaction, you will need a MasterCard, Visa or Discover.


  3. How do I register my newly purchased trailer?

You’ll need a signed and completed RMV1 form from your insurance agent, proof of ownership* from the seller, and the applicable fees.

Along with the completed RMV1 application, you must submit one of the following documents:

dot10.gif (277 bytes) A Certificate of Origin (new trailers only), or
dot10.gif (277 bytes) The previous owner's title, if a titled trailer, or
dot10.gif (277 bytes) A bill of sale, if a non-titled trailer

*An old registration or excise bill in the name of the seller may be used as proof of ownership or a Certificate of Title for the trailer may be used.

An acceptable Bill of Sale for a trailer must list the following information:

dot10.gif (277 bytes) Name and address of buyer,
dot10.gif (277 bytes) Name and address of seller,
dot10.gif (277 bytes) Date of purchase,
dot10.gif (277 bytes) Purchase price, and
dot10.gif (277 bytes) Identification information (VIN, make, model, and year)

If the total gross weight of a trailer - the combined weight of the trailer and its cargo - is 3,000 lbs. or less, no title is required. If the total gross weight of a trailer is 3,001 lbs. or more, a title is required. The gross weight of a trailer is determined by the manufacturer and will appear on the trailer's Certificate of Origin and on the trailer itself.


  1. My green registration plate is faded. How do I get a new one?

    If you have a single green plate, you may not order a replacement. If the plate is not legible, you must obtain red and white "Spirit of America" plates. You may go to any full service RMV center to complete this transaction.


  2. If I have the red and white "Spirit of America" plates, do I have to use both plates?

    Yes, you must display both plates, one on the front and one on the rear of your vehicle. Place the year of expiration decal on the rear plate in the upper right-hand corner to cover the prior year decal.


  3. I did not receive a new plate decal with my registration renewal. What should I do?

    Call the RMV Telephone Center and a representative will mail a decal to you.


  4. May I order a Special Plate on the Internet?

    Yes you may. Visit our Transaction Page to order your Environmental, Cape Cod and Islands, Invest in Children, or Olympic Spirit plates.


  5. I have a leased vehicle and did not receive my new registration certificate or plate decal after renewing. What should I do?

    Since you lease your vehicle, check with your leasing company to see if they received the certificate and decal.


  6. When I mail in my registration renewal, do I send both halves of the RMV-2 card?

    No, mail the longer section of the card where you signed your name and made any changes.


  7. How do I obtain a Disability Placard or Disability Plates?

    You must be medically qualified to receive a plate or placard. More information on this may be found in the Medical Affairs section of our site.


  8. Whom do I contact if I did not receive the title to my vehicle?

    Please correspond with the Title Department at the following address:

    Attn.: Title Department
    Registry of Motor Vehicles
    PO Box 55885
    Boston, MA 02205-5885


  9. Where do I get a parking permit/sticker?

    The RMV does not issue parking permits/stickers. Please contact your local city or town hall for information on this. You may need your registration to verify your address.


  10. How do I pay outstanding parking/excise tickets?

    The RMV does not collect fees for parking, excise tickets. Please contact the issuing agency for payment information. You should ask for an original Release when you pay your tickets. This release is necessary for the RMV to clear the ticket(s) from your record.


  11. What do I need to include in a bill of sale?

    A Bill of Sale must list the following information:
    1. Name(s), signature(s) and address of buyer(s),
    2. Name(s), signature(s) and address of seller(s),
    3. Date of purchase,
    4. Purchase price, and
    5. Identification information (VIN, make, model, and year)



  12. How can I get a new plate to replace one that I've lost?

    Replacement plates may be ordered from an RMV branch or over the phone (857-368-8000). The fee is $10 per plate. You will be issued a temporary plate permit to keep in the vehicle until the plate arrives. You may obtain an inspection with this permit, if needed. If both of your plates were lost or stolen, you must obtain a new set of plates (new plate/registration number) from an RMV branch.

    Unfortunately, green plates cannot be replaced with the same number. You may exchange them for two new red ones (new plate/registration number) for no fee by visiting an RMV branch with a signed and stamped RMV-3 (provided by your insurance agent).


  13. Is there a grace period for transferring a registration?

    If you own a vehicle or trailer and purchase a new vehicle or trailer from a dealer or purchase a used vehicle or trailer from a private party, you may transfer your registration to the newly acquired vehicle. Massachusetts allows a grace period of seven (7) calendar days from the date you dispose of your previous vehicle to register your newly acquired vehicle.

    Under this grace period, the following conditions must be met:

    • You must be at least 18 years old.
    • The newly acquired vehicle or trailer must be of the same type and have the same number of wheels as the previous vehicle or trailer.
    • You must carry the transfer documents, which show the registration number to be transferred, in your vehicle.
    • You must have lost possession of or disposed of your previous vehicle.
    • The registration plates must be attached to the newly acquired vehicle.

    Please note, there is no grace period if you do not currently have a registered vehicle or trailer. The RMV does not issue temporary registration plates.

    For more information about the Seven-Day Registration Transfer Law(MGL c.90, Sec. 2), refer to our FAQs About the Seven-Day Transfer Law .

  14. How do I report someone who has vehicles registered in another state but who lives here?

    Report this by calling the "I PAY TAX" hotline at 857-368-8099

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