Buying and Selling FAQs in Mississippi

I just purchased a car from another state. How long do I have to register it here?

If you're a Mississippi resident, you have only 7 business days to get the car registered with the Mississippi Department of Revenue. Take the current title, signed over to you, down to your local tax collector's office to register and title the vehicle in your name.

For more information, please  contact the Mississippi Department of Revenue (DOR).

I'll be moving to Mississippi next month. How quickly must I register my vehicles with the state?

New residents have up to 30 days to get their vehicles titled and registered. You'll also need to surrender your out-of-state driver's license and obtain a Mississippi driver's license. For more information, please visit our Applying for a New License in Mississippi (Drivers 18+) orApplying for a New License in Mississippi (Teen Drivers) pages.

I want to sell my car and buy another used one, but I don't even know where to start. Can you help?

Sure! We have an entire section devoted to buying and selling cars. Check out those pages to get started. You'll also want to review some online auto classified ads like those on,, and MotoClassifieds.US. There are many others, but these will help you get started on some research.

I'm going to sell my car. Do I let the new owner keep the tag?

No. In Mississippi, the license plate (tag) belongs to the owner; not the car. When you sell your car, you must surrender the tag at your local Mississippi tax collector's office. The new owner will need to register and title the vehicle in his or her own name and obtain new license plates.

I was just overseas and have decided to buy a car from there. How do I bring it to Mississippi?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides a great resource to learn all about importing vehicles, so check there first. Then for specifics, contact your local tax collector's office to get details for your county.

When I purchase a car, can I get a temporary tag until I can get it registered?

Mississippi's temporary tag is valid for only 7 days, but yes, you can purchase one from the dealer who sold you the vehicle. For more information, please contact the Mississippi Department of Revenue (DOR).

How much will my new car cost me in registration fees and taxes?

You'll pay $14 for a first-time registration and $12.75 for renewals. You'll also pay other fees and taxes based on the type of vehicle, its purchase price, and where you live.

The state offers help on how to figure your ad valorem tax. Each county assesses its own fees too, so check with your local tax collector's office to get the exact amount due.

It is important to consider the total costs of buying a car. Along with the purchase price, tax, and registration/title transfer fees, you'll generally also need to:

  • Pay for a vehicle inspection.
  • Buy a car insurance policy.
  • Pay any local fees that may apply.

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