How to register a vehicle in the United States as a non-US resident

Vehicles registrations are handled by the State, not federal, government - so there are 51 sets of rules.

Use the guide below to compare states' registration rules.

International visitors researching the rules, regulations, and laws for buying, registering, and insuring a vehicle in the United States of America

How to register a vehicle in...

Select a state from the list below to learn how to register a vehicle as a non-resident.

Number of US states (plus D.C.) requiring a(n)...

In-state address
51
In-state driver's license
21
Proof of residency
9

Registration Challenges by State

In-state address required
Local driver's license required
Proof of residency required
Proof of lawful US presence required

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