Buying and Selling FAQs in Oklahoma

FAQs for Buying and Selling a Car in Oklahoma

Just like buying and selling homes, buying and selling vehicles are exciting, yet important, processes. Let us help clear up any confusion you may have.

NOTE: These are mostly general questions. For specific information and answers pertaining to your unique circumstances, please contact the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

I just bought a vehicle in Texas. How do I get an Oklahoma tag?

Just visit your local tag office with the manufacturer's certificate of origin or the current title signed over to you, the bill of sale, and proof of insurance. The title and registration process is the same as if you bought the vehicle in Oklahoma.

My husband is in the military, stationed overseas, and has found a car he'd like to buy to bring home to Oklahoma. Can you give me some information on imports?

Sure. First, check out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website for all the basics of imports and then check with your local tag office for specific information for your county of residence.

I just bought a new car and would like a special tag. How much do they cost?

Congratulations! The state has a detailed list of special tags and their prices, so check it out. You'll also want to cruise through our License Plates & Placards section for all details on specialty and personalized tags. Generally, there will be a limit on the number of characters you can use and you'll need to pass a screening process to ensure your personalized plate is not offensive.

Can I get a temporary tag for my car?

Oklahoma does not offer temporary tags. If you buy a vehicle from a dealership, they will affix a paper tag that is valid for 30 days, until you can get the vehicle registered and tagged in your name. Contact the Oklahoma Tax Commissionfor more information.

What kinds of taxes will I have to pay when I register my car?

Oklahoma collects registration fees for the tag and excise tax when registering your vehicle. Local taxes may also apply depending on your county of residence and the school district you live in. Find out more information on our Register Car in Oklahoma page.

I'm getting ready to sell my car. Do I keep the tag?

No. Oklahoma requires that the tag remain with the vehicle, not the owner.

I'm ready to buy a new car, but I don't know where to start looking. Can you help?

Sure. First, check out our Buying and Selling Guide to help you get started. You'll also want to research prices and models; one of the easiest ways to do this is by searching online. Check out websites like AutoTrader,, and Kelley Blue Book to compare vehicles to fit your budget. Additionally, you should think about budgeting for:

  • State and local taxes that will apply to your purchase.
  • Oklahoma Tax Commission vehicle registration and license plate fees.
  • Title transfer fees.
  • Auto financing.
  • Car insurance.
  • Vehicle inspections and maintenance.

For more information about the total cost of purchasing a vehicle, please contact the Oklahoma DMV.

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