How to Transfer a Car Title in Massachusetts

To introduce a car title in the state of Massachusetts, it’s a good idea to read these instructions, locate all the appropriate lines on the title, and read any instructions on the title before you start filling in the information.

Turn to the back of your Massachusetts car title and look near the top.

  1. In the first set of blocks, enter the vehicle's sale price, the buyer's name, and the date the vehicle was sold.
  2. In the next set of blocks, enter the buyer’s street address, city, state, and zip code.
  3. Under that is a large block where you must enter the vehicle’s current mileage.
  4. Where it says “Signature(s) of seller(s),” the seller should sign their name. Note that if two people own the car, they must fit their signatures in this box. In the box immediately next to the signature box, the seller(s) should print their name(s). Next to that, one person should write in the date they are signing.
  5. In the next set of boxes, the buyer should sign their name. Again, if two people are buying the car, both of them must fit their signatures in this box. In the box immediately next to the signature box, the buyer(s) should print their name(s). Next to that, one person should write in the date they are signing.

For more details about transferring a car title in Massachusetts, visit the Registry of Motor Vehicles website.

How to apply for a Replacement Title in Massachusetts?

Listed below are the four main steps on how to apply for a replacement title in Massachusetts.

1. Complete a Duplicate Title Application form. You can get the form at any RMV location, on their website, or from any insurance agency licensed in Massachusetts.

2. Make sure all appropriate boxes and spaces are filled. If you’re missing anything, your application will be rejected and have to start over. All owners in Massachusetts must sign and date the form so that it will be valid.

3. Submit a lien release, if required. If the previous title shows a lien and the associated loan has since been paid, you must submit a lien release from the lender with the Duplicate Title Application Form. The lien release must be an original directly from the lender on their letterhead. A faxed copy is not accepted. If there is still a lien, it must be satisfied before selling the junk car in Massachusetts.

4. Mail the forms and documentation. You must send the forms with a $25 check via mail to the RMV at PO Box 199136; Boston, MA 02119. Mark the envelope “Attention: Duplicate Title Department.”

The RMV says to allow 7 to 10 business days after receiving the application in the mail for processing. If you consider that the post office requires mail to be delivered within 2 business days and that it must be mailed both ways, it takes no more than 14 business days to receive the duplicate title in the mail.