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Division of Motor Vehicles

Vehicle Services Titling

Vehicles Purchased from Out of State

Step 1:

  • All seven-model year or newer vehicles that are purchased out-of-state must have their vehicle identification number verified
  • Present your vehicle at any DMV recheck inspection lane. New car dealers are authorized to perform this verification on new vehicles and must provide you with the Application for Title (MV212)
  • All other vehicles are required to be inspected at any DMV Inspection Lane before a Delaware title can be issued

Step 2:

  • At the Inspection Lane, you will be given an application for a Delaware title. Along with your Application for title, you will need to provide the following documents: the Certificate of Origin or the existing title with an Odometer Disclosure, the bill of sale if purchased from a dealer, proof of valid Delaware liability insurance, and your Delaware driver's license or other accepted proof of residency
  • The signatures of all owners must appear on the Delaware application and the existing title or certificate of origin
  • Please check to see if the state in which you purchased the vehicle also requires title related documents to be notarized

Step 3:

Fees for titling most passenger vehicles weighing five thousand pounds (5,000 lbs.) or less are:

  • () for a title without a lien or () for a title with a lien; Plus
  • A () document fee is based on the sale price or current NADA trade-in value of the vehicle, whichever is higher. Bring your Bill-of-Sale if the vehicle was purchased from a dealer or auction; And
  • Passenger vehicles registrations of () per year
  • Trailer and commercial vehicle registration fees are based on weight

If the out-of-state registration has expired, the Division will issue a 5-day temporary tag to allow you to drive the vehicle to Delaware. The tag is available at any DMV office for a fee of . You must provide valid proof of Delaware liability insurance, bill of sale or vehicle title, vehicle identification number, and vehicle make and year. Please refer to Registration Fee Chart for more information.