How to Register a Vehicle in New Jersey

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Your NJ driver’s license took some time to get through the graduated licensing program. You likely drove your parent’s car for the behind-the-wheel experience.

Now’s the time to get your own wheels on the road. Or, maybe you got a car through a dealership or private sale. Whatever’s the case, you’ll need to get the vehicle registered in New Jersey if you want to drive it legally.

Anyone driving must register their vehicle else face the consequences (like a license suspension).

You may register your vehicle in-person at a NJ DMV.

The registration process includes a:

  • Title application or lease agreement
  • Identification and proof of residency
  • Insurance and vehicle inspection
  • Paying applicable fees and taxes

Those coming from out-of-state will get a new NJ license or show a 6-point ID, then and proceed with the registration (including inspections). You have 60-days after moving to NJ to do the registration.

Keep reading to understand the step-by-step of how you’ll register a car or truck in NJ.

New Jersey Car or Truck Registration: Step-by-Step

You will have to register your vehicle after its leased, purchased, inherited, or gifted. The registration is quick-and-easy when you have the necessary documents prepared.

What you’ll need to collect/bring

  • NJ driver’s license or 6-point ID
  • Proof of vehicle ownership
  • The vehicle’s title
    • Lien release (if applicable)
  • Completed forms
    • Title Application (BA-49)
    • Odometer Disclosure Statement
    • Bill of Sale
  • Payment method

You may need to get your vehicle inspected if bringing it from out-of-state. You need insurance when registering, get this covered by comparing auto insurance quotes before you’re ready.

The Vehicle Registration

Dealerships will automatically submit title documentation and registration to New Jersey’s DMV offices. This includes if the vehicle is new or used. They’ll also pay applicable fees.

The following is intended for private vehicle sales.

You will need to register your vehicle within 10-days of its purchase else pay a $25 late fee. The process doesn’t take long if you have the necessary documents ready – and a bit of free time to visit the DMV.

  1. Go to the DMV office
  2. Show your proof of ID
    1. License
    2. NJ ID
    3. Social Security Number
  3. Provide the registration form (BA-49)
    1. Plus: Lien release if applicable
  4. Provide the Odometer Disclosure
  5. Show proof of insurance
    1. Liability
    2. Personal Injury Protection
    3. Uninsured Motorist
  6. Pay the $60 title fee
    1. Or: $85 if it has a lien

You may also need to pay applicable county taxes during this registration. Some used vehicles – 5 models and older – may need an inspection. Submit the SS-19 form when registering the vehicle within 14-days of having it done.

Complete these steps and your new vehicle is now registered in New Jersey. Congrats!

New Jersey Vehicle Registration Fees and Taxes

Registration fees depend on your vehicles age and weight:

  • Basic auto fees: $35.50 – $84.00
  • Registration transfer fee: $4.50

Refer to New Jersey’s MVC registration fees for specific details about your vehicle type.

Need a Registration Renewal?

The registration renewal process is very similar to what you’ve just learned. But, has a few different forms and fees. Use our NJ Vehicle Registration Renewal Guide to learn what’s needed.

Motorcycle? Boat? Or, Other Vehicle Type?

The registration process isn’t all-too different between vehicle types. Most require titling and registration before you’re legally allowed to drive them on roadways or waterways. Read our Other Vehicle Registration Guide for other types of vehicles.