Ultimate Guide to Registering Your Vehicle in Pennsylvania

March 27, 2022 1 min read

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

What You’ll Need to Register Your Vehicle in Pennsylvania

  • Vehicle Sales and Use Tax Return/Application for Registration (Form MV-4ST) (not available online)
  • Pennsylvania driver’s license or ID card
  • Proof of Pennsylvania vehicle insurance
  • Proof of vehicle ownership
  • Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin OR
  • Existing vehicle title (in your name or signed over to you)
  • Odometer disclosure statement (for vehicles purchased via private sale)
  • Vehicle Identification Number verification
  • Can be collected yourself using tracing paper and pencil on vehicle or by a certified inspection mechanic or notary public
  • Proof of safety inspection (must be completed within 10 days of purchase or establishing residency in Pennsylvania)
  • Proof of emissions inspection (if applicable)
  • Existing license plates (if applicable)
  • Lienholder information (if applicable)
  • Payment (via check or money order payable to “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania”)
  • $37 registration fee
  • $53 title fee ($78 with a lien recorded)
  • 6% sales tax (7% in Allegheny County; 8% in Philadelphia)
  • BMV transaction fee (if required)

What You’ll Do to Register Your Vehicle in Pennsylvania

  • Step 1: Visit your nearest BMV office (optional: make an appointment!)
  • Submit the required documents & ID
  • Submit the required payment
  • Receive a temporary title and registration
  • Step 2: Receive your vehicle’s title and registration via U.S. mail

Caveats and Exceptions in Registering Your Vehicle in Pennsylvania

  • Check if your vehicle requires an emissions inspection: The Drive Clean Pennsylvania website lists the applicable counties.
  • Did you purchase your vehicle for less than 80 percent of fair market value?  Then you will need to submit a Motor Vehicle Verification of Fair Market Value by the Issuing Agent (Form MV-3).

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