Applying for Title and Registration

When you buy a vehicle, Arizona law requires that you apply for a title within 15 days of purchase and take the application to an MVD Office or Authorized Third Party provider to complete the process. If your vehicle was registered in another state and you want to operate it in Arizona, you must register it when you become an Arizona resident.

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Most vehicles may be registered for one, two, or five years, depending on emissions requirements. Permanent registration may be available for some trailers.

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Out-of-State Vehicle Title and Registration

To title and register your out-of-state vehicle, you must have these items:

  • A completed, signed Title and Registration Application
  • An emission compliance form (Phoenix and Tucson areas only)
  • A Level I vehicle inspection, if out-of-state title and/or registration is missing
  • An out-of-state title (or registration, if title is held by lienholder)
  • Out-of-state license plates
  • A lien clearance, if applicable
  • Power of Attorney from the lessor (original or certified copy), if leased vehicle
  • Payment of all applicable title and registration fees

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