Special Vehicles in Massachusetts
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Massachusetts Special Vehicles
If you own a vehicle other than your standard car, pickup truck, or motorcycle, remember you may need to have it titled and/or registered with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) or other state agency.
This page outlines the steps you need to take to register your special vehicle, including all-terrain vehicles, golf carts, and trailers.
You may also want to visit some of our other pages:
- Register Car in Massachusetts
- Motorcycle Registration
- Boat Registration and Licenses
- Salvaged Vehicles
You must register and title all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and snowmobiles used on property other than your own through the Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs. You'll need to pay all sales tax due before registration, but you can pay it online to save time and trouble.
Gather up the following before you head to the nearest registration office:
- Your receipt for the sales tax.
- The bill of sale.
- The manufacturer's certificate of origin, if the vehicle is new.
- The current title signed over to you, if you bought the vehicle used.
- A completed Registration and Titling Application .
- Payment for the appropriate fee:
- $44 for 2 years (if you're a MA resident).
- $33 for 1 year (if you're not an MA resident).
Remember to follow all the state rules and regulations relating to operating ATVs in Massachusetts.
For more information about where you can legally operate your off-road vehicle on public lands, visit the Department of Conservation and Recreation website.
Golf carts must also be registered in Massachusetts through the same process as ATVs and snowmobiles. See "ATVs and Snowmobiles in MA" above for more information.
You'll need to pick up a (Form RMV-1) to register your trailer; make sure your insurance agent signs and stamps it before you go to the RMV office. Then visit your local Massachusetts RMV office with the manufacturer's certificate of origin (for new trailers) or the current title signed over to you (for used trailers), and the bill of sale.
Depending on the size of the trailer, you may only be required to register it, but not title it. If the trailer and its cargo have a combined weight of 3,000 lbs. or less, you are not required by the MA RMV to title it. You may choose to voluntarily have it titled though, as proof of ownership. This may come in handy should you ever wish to sell the trailer.
NOTE: The weight is determined by the manufacturer, and will appear on the previous title or the certificate of origin.
The state offers a schedule of fees for your information. Fees will vary depending on the weight of your trailer and start at $20 for your initial registration.
If you own a motorhome (sometimes referred to as an RV) you will need to have this registered in much the same was as registering a regular car. See our Register a Car in Massachusetts page or contact the MA RMV for more information.
The MA RMV has different registration regulations for mopeds and scooters:
- Mopeds MUST be registered.
- Fee: $40.
- Renewed every 2 years.
- See our scooters and mopeds page for more details.
- Scooters DO NOT have to be registered.
The RMV's definitions can help you determine if your vehicle must be registered:
- A moped is a bicycle with or without pedals that has:
- An automatic transmission.
- A top speed of 30 MPH.
- An engine up to 50 cc.
- A scooter has:
- 2 to 3 wheels.
- A place for the driver to sit OR stand.
- A motor (electric or gas) that fully powers the vehicle.
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