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Registering a car in Delaware is necessary for residents who have recently purchased a vehicle or moved to the state. This guide will provide you with all the information you need to know about the requirements, fees, types of registrations, and forms that need to be completed. Additionally, we will cover the processing time and renewal process for vehicle registrations in Delaware.

Requirements for Registering a Car in Delaware

  • Proof of Ownership: To register a car in Delaware, you must provide proof of ownership. This can be a title or Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO) for new vehicles. You will need a properly assigned title if you purchased the vehicle from a private seller.
  • Proof of Insurance: You must have valid Delaware auto insurance to register your vehicle. Provide your insurance card or policy as proof.
  • Vehicle Inspection: Delaware requires all vehicles to undergo an inspection before registration. You can inspect your vehicle at any Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) inspection lane.
  • Delaware Driver’s License: You must have a valid Delaware driver’s license to register a car.
  • Sales Tax: If you purchased the vehicle from a dealer, you would need to pay a 4.25% document fee (sales tax) based on the vehicle’s purchase price.

Fees for Registering a Car in Delaware

  • Title Fee: $35
  • Registration Fee: The registration fee varies depending on the weight and age of the vehicle. For most passenger vehicles, the fees are as follows:
    • 1-year registration: $40
    • 2-year registration: $80
    • 3-year registration: $120
    • 4-year registration: $160
    • 5-year registration: $200
  • License Plate Fee: $10 for a standard plate
  • Types of Registrations

    1. New Vehicle Registration: If you have purchased a new vehicle from a dealership, they will usually handle the registration process for you. If not, you will need to follow the steps outlined in this guide.
    2. Used Vehicle Registration: If you purchased a used vehicle, you would need to follow the same process as registering a new vehicle, with the exception of providing a properly assigned title instead of an MCO.
    3. Out-of-State Vehicle Registration: If you are moving to Delaware from another state, you will need to register your vehicle within 60 days of establishing residency. You will need to provide your out-of-state title and follow the same process as registering a new or used vehicle in Delaware.

    Forms to Complete

    1. Title Application (Form MV-212): Complete this form to apply for a Delaware title.
    2. Vehicle Inspection Report: Obtain this report after completing your vehicle inspection at a Delaware DMV inspection lane.
    3. Odometer Disclosure Statement: If your vehicle is less than ten years old, you will need to complete an odometer disclosure statement.

    How Long Does It Take to Process a Vehicle Registration?

    Once you have completed the necessary forms and submitted them along with the required fees, the Delaware DMV will typically process your registration within 7-10 business days.

    How to Renew a Registration in Delaware

    Vehicle registration renewal in Delaware can be done online, by mail, or in person at a DMV office. You will receive a renewal notice in the mail before your registration expires, which will include instructions on how to renew.

    1. Online: Visit the Delaware DMV online renewal portal and follow the instructions provided. You will need your registration renewal notice and a valid credit card for payment.
    2. By Mail: Complete the renewal notice you received in the mail and send it along with the required fees (check or money order) to the address listed on the notice.
    3. In Person: Visit a Delaware DMV office with your renewal notice and payment for the required fees. You may need to complete an additional form if any information has changed since your last registration.

    Remember to renew your registration on time to avoid late fees and penalties.

    Last Verified:
    May 27, 2023