Vehicle Services


Out-of-State Vehicles

The following is required to obtain an Arizona title, registration and license plate for a vehicle previously titled or registered in another state. This is general information only. Any title and registration action may present special requirements. For additional information, see our Vehicle Services FAQ.

Your out-of-state title and registration must be surrendered at the time of application for Arizona title and registration. When a loan has been recorded against the vehicle and the title is being held by a lender in another state, the registration is still needed, although the title may not be required.

If your out-of-state title has a lien on it from an out-of-state lienholder and the out-of-state lienholder is not contracted with an electronic lien and title service provider in Arizona, you will maintain your out-of-state title and receive an Arizona Registration Only until the lien has been paid and a lien clearance is provided.

Physical inspection is typically not required for out-of-state vehicles if the owner has proof of ownership, such as a title, registration or both. If a physical inspection is required, the make, vehicle identification number (VIN), body style and other general vehicle information would be verified at an MVD or Authorized Third Party office prior to registration. If there are obvious safety or mechanical flaws, registration may be denied until repairs are completed.

For more information, see the Vehicle Inspections section.

The Arizona Ombudsman – Citizens Aide helps you resolve ongoing issues with State Agencies.

Civil Rights

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) y otras normas y leyes antidiscriminatorias, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieran asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles de ADOT en Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más antes posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.