Seal the Deal (Things to do after you purchase a Car in the US)



After you buy the car, there are couple of things that need to be done before you can officially own the car.

Below we outline the things that you need to do after buying a car:

Seal the Deal

Registration and Titling of the vehicle

Get a Driver License

Get a Car Insurance


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FAQ's

What are the documents that I need before purchasing a car?

What documents should I carry with me all the time in my car?


Seal the Deal

Below we outline the things that you need to do after buying a car:

    1. Register the vehicle at the Department (Bureau) of Motor Vehicles. You can find the nearest office from your location in the DMV website.

    2. Transfer the car's Title on your name. A car's Title is an authorized document that tells who is the authorized owner of the car. Please note that you will have to pay a sales tax when you transfer the Title on your name (about 6% - 7%).

    3. Get a License Plate for your car. You will have to get a new license plate whether you purchase a new / used car. For a little extra fee, you can get a customized license plate. You are legally required to always display the license plate of your car. Please note that, you will have to renew the license plate every year on your birthday.

    4. E-Check document of the car (if applicable): You may need to provide proof of successful E-check up of the car. E-checking is to make sure that your car is not polluting above permissible levels. Please note that you wont be able to buy the car or get a license plate if your car is not E-check certified. E-check will cost you around $20 to $30.

    5. Some states also require you to provide the proof of car insurance, so be sure that you have that ready as well.

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Registration and Titling

For a more detailed information about vehicle registration, please check out this link.

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FAQ's

What are the documents that I need before purchasing a car?

You only need to show your picture ID. It can be a Driver License, a State ID, or a passport. College ID card will not work. This ID is only used to verify your name on your check or credit card. If you buy the car from your friend, you may not need to show anything to him / her.

What documents should I carry with me all the time in my car?

You should carry with you the following documents all the time in you car, otherwise you may be penalised by the traffic cops:

  • Valid Diver's license

  • Registration of the vehicle

  • Copy of the Title of the vehicle

  • Proof of car insurance (you can use the card sent to you by the car insurance company)

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