Posted Wednesday, May 3, 2023
When the purchase transaction is completed, and you become the happy owner of your new vehicle, the last, no less important, step remains – car registration.
In this article, we will discuss how to register a car in Indiana and what documents you will need in different cases.
Registration allows the US state to track vehicles driven by its residents. Therefore, after purchasing a car in Indiana, each person must:
A car registration usually expires every year or two (each state has a different period). In Indiana, you are to renew your vehicle registration each year. You will receive an email notification a few weeks before the expiration date.
Driving an unregistered vehicle on public roads is illegal.
A registration card is similar to a driver’s license. But in addition to your personal data (full name and home address), the registration card also contains data about the car:
Like your driving license, you must always have your registration card at hand when driving.
There are two options for completing the registration procedure:
Let’s examine each option in detail.
If you purchase a vehicle from a private party, you should contact your local Bureau of Motor Vehicles to register your auto both in person or online:
When registering with the BMV, be sure to bring the following documents with you:
After sending all the documents, in 2 weeks, you will receive a license plate, a registration certificate, and registration stickers, which you are required to stick on the windshield.
If you buy a vehicle through a dealership, the dealer takes over all registration process:
You will receive a license plate, registration stickers, and a registration certificate by mail two weeks after sending the documents.
Whether you register with a dealership or a BMV, you will receive a temporary registration certificate. It shows that your auto has a valid registration. The official registration certificate usually arrives by mail within 30 calendar days.
Different states have different registration requirements. In Indiana, the package includes:
Yes, you do not need to have a driver’s license to register a car in the US. You can provide other documents – an American passport, green card, Non-Driver ID Card, or Learner Permit.
Yes, Indiana provides a convenient way to register a car online. Some online services let you go through the entire registration process on the website, while others – complete and print the paperwork to reduce processing time at the DMV office.
Yes, US law provides for this possibility. After you have sold the vehicle, you can transfer the registration and car numbers to another vehicle you own.
There is no difference in the list of documents or terms of registration. You can also try the interactive BMV vehicle transaction guide to check the list of documents for your case.
To register a vehicle from another state, you will need your current out-of-state driver’s license or your official driving record. You must also provide documents confirming your identity, Social Security number, lawful status, and Indiana residency. Check also the full checklist for transferring the out-of-state title to Indiana here.
Depending on your state, you will have to pay between $0 and $274 to obtain a vehicle registration certificate. In Indiana state, car registration will cost you $21.50.
Sales tax is not included in the original sale price of the vehicle. You will pay it when registering the vehicle. The amount of the tax may also vary from state to state.
You can register a car the very next day after purchase. The main thing is to comply with the period allotted by law for registration in your state. So, every Indiana resident, regardless of whether the car is new or used, is required to register it no later than 45 days after the purchase and sale transaction.
According to US law, until you register a car, including within the allotted days in each state, you cannot drive it without additional permission. This could be Temporary Registration if you buy a new or used auto from a dealership. Such a temporary certificate will be issued to you by representatives of the car dealership on the day you purchase the car. Or you must obtain a Delivery Permit. This document gives the right to move a vehicle from one storage location to another for repairs or to confirm registration.
When you buy a used vehicle at Indy Auto Man, you can leave the paperwork headache behind. Our experienced sales assistants will accompany you throughout the way to make your car buying experience in Indiana smooth and pleasant.