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    Register Your Car in Connecticut

    In Connecticut, your vehicle must be registered if you wish to drive it legally. Whether you have just moved to the state, or you have recently purchased a new car, we can help you register your vehicle for the first time.

    You must have valid auto insurance before you can register your vehicle with the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Visit our Insurance Center for help finding the best option for you.

    New to Connecticut?

    If you are bringing a vehicle to Connecticut from another state, you have 60 days to transfer your previous registration to the Connecticut DMV.

    Before registering your vehicle, new CT residents will first need to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) verified and emissions tested at an emissions testing center. You may be exempt from emissions testing depending on the type of vehicle you own.

    • Once this is done, visit your local CT DMV office with:
    • Your out-of-state Certificate of Title and registration certificate.
    • Your emissions report or VIN verification report.
    • Your current CT insurance identification card.
    • An acceptable form of identification, such as your:
      • Driver’s license.
      • ID card.
      • Military ID card.

    NOTE: You must not have any outstanding property tax payments or parking tickets, or have previously had your registration privilege suspended.

    In addition, as a new resident in Connecticut, you have 30 days to transfer your out-of-state driver’s license to a Connecticut license.

    Register Your New or Used Vehicle in CT

    In order to register your vehicle in Connecticut, your vehicle must first meet the state’s requirements for compliance.

    You will not be able to register your vehicle in Connecticut if:

    • You have had your registration privilege suspended.
    • You owe property tax payments.
    • You have unpaid parking tickets.
    • Your vehicle does not comply with Connecticut emissions standards.

    For a more information about compliance requirements, see the Registration Renewal Compliance Messages and Other Requirements page.

    New or Used Vehicles

    Before you register your car, you must first:

    Once you’ve passed the emissions test or verified your VIN, visit your local CT DMV office or a Limited Service Office with:

    • A completed Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (Form H-13).
    • The current Certificate of Title and registration certificate, if you’re registering a used vehicle.
    • A Bill of Sale.
    • A current Connecticut insurance identification card.
      • This card can be obtained from your insurance provider and must be in your name.
    • An acceptable form of identification, such as your:
      • Driver’s license.
      • Learner’s permit.
      • Identification card.
    • Payment for your registration fee. See “Fees to Register Your Car in CT” below.

    Buying a Vehicle from a Private Party

    If you've purchased a vehicle from a private seller and want to drive the vehicle, the following may apply:

    • If the previous owner has already returned the plates and cancelled the registration, you, the buyer, will need to transfer the title and register the vehicle in your name before driving it.
    • If the previous owner has not yet returned the plates and cancelled the registration, there should be no problem driving the car. The title should be transferred and the vehicle should be registered in your name as soon as possible.
    • If the previous owner did not have the car registered for a while and it needs an emissions test, you, the buyer, should contact the DMV about applying for a temporary registration to get the vehicle inspected and fully registered.

    Please contact the Connecticut DMV for more information.

    Leased Vehicles

    If you’re registering a leased vehicle, follow the same steps above for registering a new/used vehicle. In addition, you will also need:

    • Your leasing license on file with the CT DMV.
      • Call (860) 263-5056 to verify the license and address of the leasing company prior to the registration process.
    • An original "Power of Attorney" document (faxes and copies are not acceptable) stating who has authorization to sign documents for the leasing company.

    NOTE: Your Connecticut insurance identification card may be in your name or the name of the leasing company. If your vehicle will be used at any time for a driver test, your insurance card must be in the name of the leasing company.

    The leasing company’s name and address must be on the Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (Form H-13). The power of attorney must also sign the form.

    Expired Registrations

    If your registration has expired, you will need to re-register your vehicle.

    If you registration has been expired for less than 1 year, visit your local Connecticut DMV office and:

    • Provide your license plate number or registration renewal notice.
    • Show your CT driver's license.
    • Make sure your vehicle has no outstanding compliance issues, such as:
      • Emissions testing requirements.
      • Unpaid parking tickets.
      • Outstanding property taxes.
    • Pay your registration fee and $10 late fee. See “Fees to Register Your Vehicle in CT” below.

    If you registration has been expired for 1 year or longer,in addition to the above, you’ll need a completed Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (Form H-13).

    Temporary Registrations in Connecticut

    If your registration has expired but your vehicle needs a safety inspection or emissions test, you can buy yourself a little time by getting a temporary registration.

    Follow the same steps above for registering your new or used vehicle, but be sure to specify that you’re requesting a temporary CT registration document for the purposes of having a vehicle inspection performed.

    NOTE: Temporary registrations are not renewable, so you should complete your safety inspection or emissions test within the first 10 days of receiving it.

    Fees to Register Your Vehicle in CT

    Registration fees in Connecticut vary depending on the type of vehicle you own. Common registration fees include:

    • Passenger vehicle: $80 for 2 years.
    • Commercial vehicle: From $37 for 1 year.
      • Price varies depending on weight of vehicle.
    • Motorcycle: $42 for 2 years.
    • Trailer (personal use): $19 for 2 years.
    • Snowmobile: $20 for 2 years.
    • Electric vehicles: $38 for 2 years.

    You may also need to pay additional fees, including:

    • Federal Clean Air Act fee: $10.
    • Greenhouse Gas Reduction fee: $5.
      • One-time fee if you’re registering a vehicle with a Certificate of Origin.
    • Late fee: $10.

    Visit the CT DMV website for a complete list of registration fees and additional charges.

    Military Member Vehicle Registrations

    If you are an active-duty military member, you will be able to register your vehicle in CT while out of state, and you will also be exempt from certain registration fees.

    Out-of-State Vehicle Registrations

    If you are stationed outside of Connecticut, you can register your car by mail.

    You’ll need:

    Send the above to:

    Department of Motor Vehicles
    Customized Services Unit
    60 State Street
    Wethersfield, CT 06161

    NOTE: If you’re registering a used vehicle, you must pass the emissions test at an emissions testing facility prior to registration, unless it is exempt.

    Military Vehicle Registration Fee Exemptions

    If you are an active-duty military member, you are exempt from paying the following fees:

    • New and renewal registration fees.
    • Temporary plate fee.
    • Safety plate fee.
    • Clean Air Act fee.

    Replace a Lost Connecticut Registration

    If your vehicle registration has been lost, stolen, or is damaged, you can request a duplicate either in person or by mail.

    In Person

    To request a duplicate registration in person, visit your local Connecticut DMV office with:

    By Mail

    To request a replacement CT registration by mail, you’ll need:

    • A written request that includes:
      • Your marker plate number.
      • The type of vehicle you own.
      • Your name, address, and signature.
    • A check or money order for $20 made payable to “DMV.”

    Send the above to:

    Department of Motor Vehicles
    Customized Services Division - Duplicate Registrations
    60 State Street
    Wethersfield, CT 06161

    For more information, please refer to our Replacing a Lost Registration page.

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