DMV: Requirements to Transfer Your Out of State Registered Vehicle

Requirements to Transfer Your
Out of State Registered Vehicle

Holiday schedule:  On Friday, November 11, DMV offices will be closed in recognition of Veterans Day. Offices will reopen on Saturday, November 12, at 8 a.m. 

Once you have established residency in Connecticut, you have 60 days to transfer your vehicle registration to this state.

Here are the steps to take:

Step 1:  Emissions test or VIN check needed for your vehicle. 

If vehicle is model year 2012 and older then vehicle needs to have an emissions test done. Vehicles that are exempt from emissions testing will require a vehicle identification number (VIN) verification

Step 2: Gather your documents prior to visiting a DMV office.

Documents required:

  • Identification.  If you are transferring your out-of-state driver’s license to Connecticut, you can do that when registering your vehicle. 
  • Proof of insurance.  Your insurance card must include this information.
  • Completed registration form (H-13B).   Download and fill out this form before coming into the office.
  • Vehicle inspection report.  This will be provided by the technician at the time of your vehicle’s emissions test or VIN verification. 
  • Payment for fees.  See estimated fee information here.
  • Proof of ownership.  A title is required, and a leased vehicle requires an original power of attorney from the leasing company.  If you have a lien or are leasing a vehicle, you must contact your lienholder or leasing company, and need to follow one of the two options below:

Option 1:
Ask lienholder or leasing company to mail the original title to Connecticut DMV using this form, and the title must be mailed to this address:

State of Connecticut
Department of Motor Vehicles
60 State Street
Wethersfield, CT 06161    

Option 2:
Request a six-month registration (called a courtesy registration) to give your lienholder or leasing company time to mail your original title to Connecticut DMV. This can be done by getting a photocopy of the front and back of title and bringing it to the DMV when you transfer your registration.  Send this completed form to your lienholder or leasing company after you receive your six-month registration and have them mail it to the address listed in Option 1.  For more information on six-month registrations, including estimated fees, visit this webpage.

Step 3: Visit the proper DMV office. 

If you are transferring your license and registration, you must visit a DMV hub office. If you are only registering your vehicle, you can visit a DMV hub or limited service office.

Content Last Modified on 10/25/2016 1:56:30 PM