Delaware car registration

General RequirementsCar-Registration

First-Time Registration
If you recently purchased a vehicle, are transferring a vehicle or are new to Delaware you will need to register your vehicle.
If youre new to the state, you have 60 days to complete the registration.

Get InsuranceCar-Registration

In order to both title and register your vehicle, you need to show proof of insurance.

Prepare the PaperworkCar-Registration

If you purchased your vehicle from a dealership they typically handle registration.
If you just moved to the state, or you purchased your vehicle from an individual or need to transfer ownership for another reason, you must handle the paperwork yourself.
Make sure you have the paperwork required for registration:
1.Check to see the title is properly signed over to you. (If youve just moved to the state or purchased a vehicle from another state, make sure you have the vehicles notarized out-of-state title.)
2.Make sure you have proof of an insurance policy that meets the minimum coverage requirements.
3.Have proof the vehicle passed the required inspection

Calculate the FeesCar-Registration

It will cost $40 to register a passenger vehicle for a year or $80 for two.
First-Time Fees
Because you must cover fees associated with the titling process, including document fees, you can expect to pay more when you register the vehicle for the first time than youll pay when you renew the registration.
Additional Fees
When you register your vehicle, and at any point during vehicle ownership, you may need to pay additional fees including:
*Vehicle inspection late fees and failure fees (see below).
*Temporary registration fees (see below).
*Registration renewal fees, including late fees.
*Specialty tag fees.
*Replacement fees for lost, damaged, or stolen registration information and tags.

Go to the DMVCar-Registration

You can register your vehicle in person at your local DMV office.
Vehicle Inspections
Unless you purchased your vehicle new from a dealer and can provide a completed Form MV-212A, a vehicle inspection at your local DMV office is required.
Temporary Registrations
In certain situations, you may find you need a temporary registration. You can apply for a temporary registration at your local DMV office. Have proof of ownership, resident, insurance and the $10 fee.
If you purchased your vehicle at a dealership, the dealer should have provided you with temporary tags that are valid for 60 days. You should receive permanent tags in the mail within those 60 days.
Otherwise, youll handle the paperwork for obtaining tags when you visit your DMV office.

Affix Your DecalsCar-Registration

The DMV may or may not affix the decals for you; if you receive the tags and decals unattached, follow the enclosed instructions for affixing the decals or contact your local DMV office.

Get a Tax DeductionCar-Registration

Like many DMV-related transactions, whether youre eligible for a tax deduction of any sort generally depends on your situation.

Safely Get on Your WayCar-Registration

When your vehicle is inspected during the titling and registration processes, the
inspection technician checks to make sure your vehicle is safe enough to operate on the roads.