Massachusetts Title Law went into effect on September 1, 1972. This law requires that all motor vehicles and trailers be titled within ten (10) days of purchase. Passenger vehicles with a model year of 1980 and older, purchased before November 26, 1990 are exempt from titling. Any vehicle purchased after November 26, 1990 must be titled, excluding the following:
- A vehicle owned by the United States, unless registered in accordance with the provisions of chapter ninety (90).
- A vehicle owned by a manufacturer or dealer and held for sale even though incidentally moved on a highway or used for purposes of testing or demonstration, or a vehicle used by a manufacturer solely for testing.
- A vehicle owned by a nonresident of the Commonwealth for which a currently effective certificate of title has been issued in the state of residence.
- A vehicle on loan from the United States Government or from a vehicle manufacturer or distributor to the Commonwealth or a political subdivision thereof.
- A vehicle regularly engaged in the interstate transportation of persons or property for which a currently effective certificate of title has been issued in another state or country.
- A vehicle moved solely by animal power.
- An implement of husbandry.
- Special mobile equipment.
- A self-propelled wheelchair or invalid tricycle.
- A trailer with a gross weight of three thousand (3000) pounds or less.
- A manufactured (mobile) home, as defined in Massachusetts General Law (MGL) c.140, § 32Q.