How to register a vehicle in

New Jersey

as a non-US resident

New Jersey

at a glance

Major cities
Newark
Major ports of arrival
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
Registration challenges
In-state address required
Stringent point-based ID system
Proof of residency required
Average sales tax rate
6.625%

State Overview and Advice

In order to register a vehicle in New Jersey, you need to provide proof of identity under the state's 6 Points of ID system, a New Jersey address, and proof that you live at that address.

If you do not have six points of identity, or do not wish to become a US resident, we recommend starting your visit in  another state, or using visitor.us' services to register a vehicle that you buy in New Jersey.

The Registration Process

New Jersey vehicle registrations are handled by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC).

If you buy your vehicle from a dealer, it may issue you a 30-day temporary tag. If you plan to register your vehicle in New Jersey, the dealer will apply for title and registration on your behalf.

If you buy your vehicle from a private party and plan to register it in New Jersey, bring the required items (below) to an MVC office to register your vehicle. Temporary Non-Resident Registrations are available at MVC offices for private party purchases.

For vehicles being registered in New Jersey, New Jersey sales taxes are payable to the dealer upon sale, or the MVC upon registration (if purchased from a private party).

Taxes and Fees

Sales Tax

State sales tax

6.625%

Average local sales tax

0.0%

Average combined sales tax

6.625%

Registration fees

Light Vehicle

Fees: $35 - $84

RV

Fees: $18 - 23

Motorcycle

Fees: $65

$15,000 car

$1,044

$50,000 RV

$3,333

$5,000 motorcycle

$396

Total taxes and fees

Registration Requirements

Prior owner's title

The vehicle's title must be signed by the owner(s) printed on the title, its odometer reading recorded (if less than 10 years in age), and be free of all liens in order for the prior owner's interest to be released.

Identification

Identification totaling six points under New Jersey's 6 Points of ID system is required to register a vehicle in New Jersey.

Bill of sale

A bill of sale is not required to register a vehicle in New Jersey, although signing one with the vehicle's seller is recommended.

Application

BA-49 - Application for Vehicle Registration

Inspection

Emissions (smog)

Biennial emissions inspections required for vehicles 6 years and older.

Safety

Safety inspections are not required in New Jersey.

VIN

VIN inspections are not required in New Jersey.

Insurance

New Jersey's minimum liability insurance limits are 15/30/5.

Residency

People wishing to register a vehicle in New Jersey must provide proof that they reside at the registration address.

Local Address

Vehicles registered in New Jersey must be registered to a New Jersey address.

The Alternative

When you sign up with visitor.us, this is what you get:

Company Formation

visitor.us forms a Limited Liability Company for you in Montana, the best state for international visitors to register vehicles.

Vehicle Purchase

Complete paperwork and funds transfer with the seller.
The seller will list your LLC and its address as the buyer on the vehicle's title, and visitor.us will arrange for it to be couriered to us for processing.

Insurance

Insurance from a top-rated insurance company that covers you, your vehicle, and your LLC.

Vehicle Registration

You buy a vehicle, we register it in MT. Why?
- MT sales tax: 0%
- Inspections not required in MT

Annual Actions

visitor.us will keep your registration current, and courier your annual decal and registration document to you ('hold at courier location for pick-up' available, if you're on the move).
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