Ultimate guide to Registering your Vehicle in Indiana


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Here's the ultimate guide to registering your vehicle in Indiana. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.

What You’ll Need to Register Your Vehicle in Indiana

What You’ll Do to Register Your Vehicle in Indiana

  • If your vehicle was purchased over 60 days ago, or you have yet to title your vehicle, you must visit any BMV Office
  • Step 1: Submit all the required documents
  • Step 2: Pay all the required fees
  • You can register at a local BMV Connect Kiosk if you have purchased a vehicle within the last 60 days and the title application has been submitted to the BMV
  • Step 1: Visit any BMV Connect Kiosk near your location
  • Step 2: Submit all the required documents
  • Step 3: Pay all the required fees
  • Online Registration - you must have an Indiana title on the vehicle and register within 60 days of purchase
  • Step 1: Go to myBMV Online Registration portal and either create a user account or log-in to your existing myBMV account
  • Step 2: Provide your IN driver’s license number and vehicle title information
  • Step 3: Pay for your registration fees

Caveats and Exceptions

  • You have 45 days after the purchase date to complete the car title transfer. If you do meet this deadline, you will have to pay a late fee
  • Upon purchase of your vehicle, you must pay a 7% sales tax to the state. If you have not paid this tax, you will have to pay it to the BMV in order to apply for your Indiana title
  • A VIN inspection is required for any vehicle that has never had an Indiana title. If you are new to the state, you will need to have this completed
  • The VIN inspection can be completed at any IN BMV branch office for free, or by a police officer who may charge a fee of up to $5. The police officer will need to fill out the Affidavit of Police Officer/Physical Inspection of an Indiana Resident's Vehicle/Watercraft (Form 39530)
  • While you do not need to get an inspection before you register your vehicle, you will be required to get an emissions inspection every 2 years to keep your vehicle legal.

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