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How to get a vehicle title

Typically, if you purchase a vehicle from a New Jersey dealer, it will be titled as part of the sales process. If you did not get a title from a dealer, you must title your vehicle within 10 days of purchase or face a penalty fee.
  • Titles may be acquired at any MVC agency. The vehicle owner must appear in person
  • You must show Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MCO) displaying the sales tax-satisfied stamp. You need to pay sales tax on the actual vehicle price. Certain vehicles are exempt from sales tax
  • If the vehicle is financed, you must provide the address and corpcode of the lien holder. The original title will be sent to the lien holder
  • 2009 model year and later passenger vehicles or light duty trucks weighing less than 8,500 lbs. are required to meet California Low Emission Vehicle Program standards

How to get a title when NJ Dealer goes out of business
Last updated: December 11, 2009

Follow these instructions if you purchased a vehicle from a New Jersey car dealer that went out of business:
  • Gather all required documents; download forms and instructions [pdf]
  • Make photocopies for your records
  • Mail all original documents (unless noted):
    NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
    P.O. Box 017
    225 E. State Street
    Trenton, NJ 08666-0017
    ATTN: Special Titles/Dealer Out of Business
  • To lodge a formal complaint, contact the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs. MVC must be notified separately for assistance obtaining a title.
Note: Each case is unique and handled on an individual basis. Additional documents may be requested. If you have any questions, please call (888) 486-3339 ext.5064 toll-free in NJ or (609) 292-6500 ext.5064 from out of state prior to submitting your documents.


Title fees

Fee payment:
  • American Express®, MasterCard®, Visa®, check, money order or cash
  • $60 for a standard vehicle
  • $85 for a financed vehicle with one lien
  • $110 for a financed vehicle with two liens

Used vehicles purchased in New Jersey
You must also provide the former title with the assignment section on the back completed and signed by the previous owner. If you make a mistake on the title, check with MVC to see if it is still acceptable.


Titles for New Jersey residents temporarily out-of-state
If you are a New Jersey resident and purchased your vehicle out-of-state, you will need to follow a special procedure [119k pdf].