Vermont car registration

General RequirementsCar-Registration

You need to register your vehicle for the first time if:

* You recently purchased a used car (if it is already currently registered in VT, you need to transfer the registration)
* You recently moved to Vermont (you have 60 days)
* You recently changed ownership of a vehicle

To register for the first time, you must register the vehicle in person at the DMV in Montpelier or at a satellite office. Annual registration is required if you own or lease a car for longer than 30 days.

Get InsuranceCar-Registration

In order to register your vehicle, you must first have liability insurance that meet the state’s minimum standards.

Prepare the PaperworkCar-Registration

If you purchased a car from a dealer, the dealership has probably already taken care of the paperwork – check with the dealer to be sure.

If you take care of the registration yourself, take the following to the DMV:

* A completed Vermont Motor Vehicle Registration, Tax, and Title Application
* Your title (if you don’t need to transfer ownership)
* A bill of sale or a properly assigned title (if you are registering a used car bought and previously registered in Vermont)
* A current odometer reading. If the car is nine years old or newer, you need to also submit an Odometer Disclosure Statement.
* If your vehicle is from out-of-state, get proof for the amount you paid in taxes on the vehicle to the previous state. If your vehicle is older than three years and you still have the title and proof of registration for the last three years, you do not need to show proof of tax paid.
* Visual verification of the vehicle’s VIN (for out-of-state vehicles only)
* Give the DMV the name and address of the lienholder, if applicable

If you bought a used vehicle already registered in Vermont, the registration will probably be current. In that case, all you must do is transfer the registration into your name. Before you do that, however, you must first officially change the vehicle’s ownership by doing a title transfer.

Calculate the FeesCar-Registration

You can pay your registration fees for two years at a time, which will give you a discount, even though car registration is an annual process. It’s best to calculate your fees before you head to the DMV.

You will need to pay a Purchase and Use tax when you register and/or title your car in your name for the first time. This tax is 6% of the greater number: the purchase price or the average trade-in value (NADA). From that amount, subtract whatever you may have received for a trade-in or other allowable credit. For more details on the vehicle tax, check out the state’s website.

Go to the DMVCar-Registration

You must show proof of insurance to register.

Get a Vehicle Inspection
You have 15 days to get your vehicle inspection from the time you register your car (unless it already has a valid Vermont inspection sticker). Get the inspection done at a Vermont Licensed Inspection Station.

Obtain License Plates
The state will mail you your license plates. You can order specialized plates for disabled drivers, antique cars, etc.

Affix Your StickersCar-Registration

Follow the instructions included to affix the month and year stickers to your license plate.

Get a Tax DeductionCar-Registration

Consider checking with a tax attorney.

Safely Get on Your WayCar-Registration

Once your vehicle is registered, consider taking a few extra steps to increase your safety on the road.

Keep your car in optimal working condition. Find a trustworthy mechanic and perhaps purchase an after-market auto warranty. Enrolling in roadside assistance program will give you peace of mind if you get a flat or need a tow.

Inexpensive extras like a hands-free headset for your cell phone and a car emergency kit are great to have on hand. Be sure to have an approved child safety seat if you transport kids.