Registering a Vehicle in the US

General information about vehicle registration for international visitors to the United States.

What is vehicle registration?
You need two things to legally operate a vehicle on a public road in America: insurance and registration.   We cover insurance separately here. So wh...
Mon, 7 Feb, 2022 at 11:59 AM
Do I need an address to register a vehicle in the US?
Yes.  You need an address to register a vehicle in the United States, for two main reasons: Your address determines your registration process. Each US ...
Tue, 22 Mar, 2022 at 3:01 PM
Vehicle Registration Requirements
In order to obtain a vehicle registration for the first time, you must bring the following items to the vehicle registration authority (often called the De...
Mon, 7 Feb, 2022 at 3:35 PM
What does a US vehicle registration look like?
A vehicle registration usually has two forms: a document and a decal. The vehicle registration document The vehicle registration document must be kep...
Mon, 7 Feb, 2022 at 11:57 AM
Vehicle inspections in the United States
Inspection requirements are set by the US states, with additional requirements sometimes imposed by counties, cities, and municipalities.   Vehicle ins...
Mon, 7 Feb, 2022 at 3:40 PM
What sales tax applies to my vehicle purchase? Who is it payable to?
The 50 States of the US (plus Washington, D.C.) handle vehicle registration and sales taxes. The federal (national) government does not play any role in...
Mon, 7 Feb, 2022 at 3:41 PM
Temporary Registration
Often, a vehicle buyer won't be able to register a vehicle immediately after purchase, but still needs to be able to drive legally (even if it's ...
Mon, 7 Feb, 2022 at 11:32 AM
Who manages vehicle registration in the United States?
The States (and sometimes, the Counties). The United States is a federation of 51 mini-countries (50 states plus the District of Colombia, the seat of t...
Tue, 22 Mar, 2022 at 2:42 PM
What identification is required to register a vehicle in the US?
In order to register a vehicle in the United States, you need a photo identification. The type of photo ID required depends on the state in which you re...
Tue, 22 Mar, 2022 at 3:34 PM
Is proof of residency required to register a vehicle in the United States?
Some US states require proof of residency to register a vehicle. The States, not the US Federal Government, manage vehicle registration in America, and ...
Tue, 22 Mar, 2022 at 3:30 PM