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Frequently Asked Questions

The questions and answers have been obtained from the Department of Transportation’s Web Site and are the answers rendered by PennDOT not from The Imperial Agency. The Imperial Agency has compiled these most common questions and answers for your information.

If I sell my car, what must I do?

Legal transfer of vehicle ownership occurs when both the seller and purchaser, sign the Pennsylvania title in front of a notary public. You will need to disclose purchase price information and mileage (excluding trailers) (Form MV-4ST) at the time of transfer. The purchaser is required to submit the title transfer documentation to PennDOT within 20 days of the notarization.

If I was in an accident, am I required to notify PennDOT?

If the Police do not investigate an accident and someone has died or been injured, or if a vehicle must be towed, send a Driver's Accident Report (Form AA-600) within 5 days to:

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Bureau of Highway Safety and Traffic Engineering
P. O. Box 2047
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2047

Is an international Driver’s License valid in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania honors a valid foreign driver’s license with an international driving permit for a period of up to one year. If the foreign license and/or international permit expires before one year, the individual must apply for a Pennsylvania learner’s permit to continue to drive in this state.

What is the Pennsylvania point system and how does it work?

The Department of Transportation maintains a driving record for every licensed driver in Pennsylvania. Points are added to a driving record when a driver is found guilty of certain driving (moving) violations. The purpose of the point system is to help improve driving habits and to ensure safe driving. The Department begins to take corrective actions when a driving record reaches 6 or more points. 'The Pennsylvania Point System' brochure (Pub 472) is now available for downloading on this Web site.

What insurance information do I need to renew my vehicle registration online, and where can I find it?

You will need the name of your insurance company, your policy number, the policy effective date, and the policy expiration date. This information is located on your insurance card.

What is a NAIC number and where do I find it on my insurance card?

Every insurance company licensed to conduct business in Pennsylvania has been issued a National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) number. This number appears on most, but not all insurance cards. If you are not sure where the code is on your insurance card, you should contact your insurance agent for additional information. Please note that you do not need your NAIC code to renew your vehicle registration online.

Can I donate to the Organ Donation Awareness Trust Fund (ODTF) when I renew my Driver’s License/Photo ID or vehicle registration by Internet?

http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/faq/faq-misc.shtml - topYes. You are asked during the renewal process if you wish to donate $1.00.

What is ODTF and why should I donate?

The ODTF is the Organ Donation Awareness Trust Fund. Your $1.00 contribution will help support educational programs throughout the state to heighten understanding about organ, tissue, and corneal donation.

Acceptable Proof of Ownership Documents

Vehicle ownership documents issued by vehicle manufacturers and titling jurisdictions that provide specific vehicle information and used as the legal document to transfer ownership of the vehicle are known as “proof of ownership” documents. The following are the acceptable proof of ownership documents:

Manufacturer Certificate/Statement of Origin (MCO or MSO)
Pennsylvania Certificate of Title
Out of State Certificate of Title
Certificate of Salvage
Court Order
Buying a New Vehicle

If you are titling and registering a 2008 or newer vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 8,500 pounds or less, and it has less than 7,500 miles on the odometer, your vehicle must be certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). For more information about this program, visit the Pennsylvania Clean Vehicles Program page.

MCO and MSO documents are used in conjunction with Form MV-1, “Application for Certificate of Title.” This form is only available from authorized agents of PennDOT.

You will need to provide several items to the agent to complete your application. Please take a copy of your current Pennsylvania Drivers License or Pennsylvania Photo Identification. If you are a business or non-profit organization buying a car, please make sure you bring the acceptable identification requirements with you as well.

A copy of your current insurance identification card is required if registration is to be issued. The dealer where you purchased your new vehicle is responsible for sending the title application to PennDOT.

Buying a Used Vehicle with a Pennsylvania Title

Pennsylvania titles are used in conjunction with Form MV-4ST, “Vehicle Sales and Use Tax Return/Application for Registration.” This form is only available from authorized agents of PennDOT.

In addition to the Pennsylvania title you will need to provide several items to the agent to complete your title application.

You will need to provide several items to the agent to complete your application. Please take a copy of your current Pennsylvania Drivers License or Pennsylvania Photo Identification. If you are a business or non-profit organization buying a car, please make sure you bring the acceptable identification requirements with you as well.

A copy of your current insurance identification card is required if registration is to be issued. If the vehicle is being given as a gift, the Form MV-13ST, “Affidavit of Gift” must be attached to the title application. This form must be completed by all transferees and transferors and attached to Form MV-1 or MV-4ST for any transfer for which a gift exemption (Exemption 13) for purposes of Pennsylvania Sales and Use Tax is claimed.

Buying a Used Vehicle with an Out of State Title

Out of State titles are used in conjunction with Form MV-1, “Application for Certificate of Title.” This form is only available from authorized agents of PennDOT.

Many times out-of-state lien holders refuse to release the title in their possession to another state unless the lien has been satisfied. Applicants are required to contact their lien holders prior to completing their MV-1 application to determine whether or not the lien holder will release the out of state title to the vehicle owner.

When buying a car which has been titled in another state, the purchaser should check the back of the title carefully. There should be a place for the seller’s signature and the car’s present odometer reading. The seller’s signature may be required to be notarized on some out-of-state titles. It is a good idea to consult a dealer, tag service, notary or the Bureau of Motor Vehicles about out-of-state title transfers.

You will need to provide several items to the agent to complete your application. Please take a copy of your current Pennsylvania Drivers License or Pennsylvania Photo Identification Card. If you are a business or non-profit organization buying a car, please make sure you bring the acceptable identification requirements with you as well.

A copy of your current insurance identification card is required if registration is to be issued. VIN verification is required for out of state vehicles.

If the vehicle is being given as a gift, the Form MV-13ST, “Affidavit of Gift” must be attached to the title application. This form must be completed by all transferees and transferors and attached to Form MV-1 or MV-4ST for any transfer for which a gift exemption (Exemption 13) for purposes of Pennsylvania Sales and Use Tax is claimed.

How to Title and Register Your Out-of-State Vehicle in Pennsylvania

All new residents are required to make application for Pennsylvania title and registration of their vehicle(s) within 20 days of establishing residency in Pennsylvania.

As indicated below, individuals are required to have a valid form of Pennsylvania identification in order to make application to title and register a vehicle in Pennsylvania. Although new residents have 60 days to obtain a Pennsylvania driver's license, there is nothing to prevent them from obtaining their Pennsylvania driver's license sooner.

Pennsylvania title procedures require that out-of-state titles be surrendered to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles when applying for a Pennsylvania title.

The current lien holder for out of state titles may require that the vehicle owner refinance the balance of the outstanding lien through a Pennsylvania lending institution and pay the out-of-state lien holder in full. The lien holder will instruct the vehicle owner as to their requirements. A Pennsylvania certificate of title will only be issued when the out-of-state title is submitted with a completed Form MV-1 (this is a restricted form and is not available online. You must obtain it from a messenger, tag agency or any Driver and Vehicle Service Center location) and the title application is processed by PennDOT. A temporary Pennsylvania registration plate may be issued only in those instances where the out-of-state title is submitted with a completed Form MV-1.

In order to register your vehicle(s), you will need to bring the following items with you:

• A valid title for all of the vehicles you want to register in Pennsylvania, issued in your name, from your previous state; and
• Proof of Pennsylvania insurance, such as a valid insurance identification card, declaration page of an insurance policy, a copy of a valid binder or a copy of an application for insurance to the Pennsylvania Assigned Risk Plan for all of the vehicles you will be registering. These documents must indicate both effective and expiration dates.
• Completed Form MV-1. Note: Forms MV-1 and MV-4ST are not available online. These forms must be completed by an authorized agent of the Department such as The Imperial Agency. You will need to contact Imperial Auto Tags for assistance with the completion of these forms.
• A tracing of the vehicle identification number (VIN) or the verification of the VIN by an inspection mechanic or notary public at a dealership or issuing agent.
• Appropriate title, lien, registration fees and sales tax (if applicable). Make checks or money orders payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Please do not send cash.
• If you are titling and registering a leased vehicle, the leasing company will also be required to complete Form MV-1L. NOTE: A Power of Attorney may be required from the leasing company.

The Department will only allow agents to issue title and registration documents to customers who provide one of the following credentials for identification purposes:
• a valid Pennsylvania Photo Driver's License
• a valid Pennsylvania Photo Identification Card
• a valid Pennsylvania Photo Exempt Driver's License
• a valid Pennsylvania Photo Exempt Identification Card
• a valid U.S. Armed Forces Common Access Card

o Dependents of Armed Forces Personnel must provide a valid United States Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card (DD Form 1173)

Note: The requirements for Pennsylvania ID do not apply to the seller or sellers of a vehicle. However, this does not exempt the seller or sellers from providing valid government issued photo identification for identification purposes when completing motor vehicle documents as the seller of a vehicle.

New Standards for Titling Model Year 2008 and Newer Vehicles

If you are titling and registering a 2008 or newer vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 8,500 pounds or less, and it has less than 7,500 miles on the odometer, your vehicle must be certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). For more information about this program, visit the Pennsylvania Clean Vehicles Program page.

VIN Tracing

When completing Section A of Form MV-1, the vehicle identification number (VIN) is required to be verified to ensure that the number listed on the out-of-state title matches the number on the vehicle's VIN plate. A VIN plate tracing is required to be attached to the reverse side of the white copy of all MV-1 applications for PA certificates of title for the following vehicles:

1. All trucks or truck tractors - VIN plate tracings of trucks should contain the:
a. complete vehicle identification number
b. gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)
c. gross axle weight rating (GAWR)
2. All motor homes
3. All vehicles previously titled in another state

A tracing is obtained by placing tracing paper against the VIN plate and applying pressure with a lead pencil, stroking left to right across the entire surface of the VIN plate to produce on the paper an image of all information which has been embossed on the plate. If you are unable to locate your vehicle's VIN plate or you are unable to secure a legible tracing of the plate, contact a certified inspection mechanic or notary public at a motor vehicle dealership. These individuals are authorized to inspect and verify the VIN when a tracing of the plate is not possible. The certified inspection mechanic or notary public is required to list their name, dealer identification number (DIN) or mechanic number and signature in Section A. (NOTE: A photograph of a vehicle's VIN plate is acceptable if the photo is signed and dated by a certified inspection mechanic or a notary public at a dealership.) The certified inspection mechanic or notary public's signature indicates that he/she visually inspected the VIN on the vehicle and it matches the VIN on the out-of-state title. If the vehicle is located outside of Pennsylvania, the VIN must be verified by a police officer, a mechanic employed by a motor vehicle dealership or an armed forces installation provost marshal or motor officer.

Fees

For a complete listing of fees related to Driver and Vehicle Services, please visit our fees page.

Sales Tax

If you hold a valid title issued in another state and, have owned the vehicle at least 6 months before moving to Pennsylvania, you will not be required to pay any sales tax when you register your vehicle in Pennsylvania.

If it has been less than 6 months, you will need to provide your sales tax receipt, or remit PA sales tax. Applicants exempt from Pennsylvania sales tax will list the appropriate Sales Tax Exemption reason code in Sections 1A and/or 1B on Form MV-1.

Vehicle Safety Inspection

A vehicle newly registered in Pennsylvania must be safety inspected within ten (10) days of the registration date. Inspections are performed at official inspection stations (usually a repair garage or a service station with a repair shop). Equipment checks include: lights, brakes, horn, tires, safety belts, exhaust system, mirrors, tag mounting, suspension, turn signals, steering, glazing, wipers, and other major parts of your vehicle.

Inspection fees are posted at official inspection stations. These fees do not include repairs to correct vehicle defects.

Emission Inspection Maintenance

Pennsylvania is one of many states required by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency to have a vehicle emissions inspection & maintenance (I/M) program. The I/M program is a key part of the Commonwealth's strategy to improve its air quality.

Visit the Drive Clean PA Website or call the customer hotline at 1-800-265-0921 to find out if the county your vehicle is registered in is required to participate in the emissions inspection program.

Getting Your Registration Back

Reasons why your vehicle registration may be suspended and how to get your registration credentials back:

Your vehicle record has an F stop, due to a lapse of insurance for more than 30 days.

You need to provide acceptable proof of insurance within 30 days of the cancellation date. If you had a lapse of insurance for 30 days or less and the vehicle was not driven during the 30 days or less lapse, you must also provide an MV-221“Statement of Non-operation of Vehicle”. If unable to provide the insurance and statement, you must return your registration plate, sticker and card to serve a 3-month suspension.

Your vehicle record has an I stop, due to a citation or accident.

You need to obtain a letter from your insurance company’s home office and have it signed by an underwriting manager/supervisor. The letter must indicate the name of insurer, policy number, vehicle identification number, the effective and expiration dates of your policy, along with a statement that your insurance was in effect at the time of the accident or violation. If unable to provide this letter, you must return your registration plate, sticker and card to serve a 3-month suspension.

Your vehicle registration is suspended, due to not having insurance.

You would need to provide acceptable proof of insurance within 30 days of the cancellation date, if you had a lapse of 30 days or less and the vehicle was not driven during the 30 days or less lapse, you must also provide an MV-221 (link to form)“Statement of Non-operation of Vehicle”. If you are unable to provide the proof of insurance and statement, you must return your registration plate, sticker and card to serve a 3-month suspension. OR If due to an accident or citation:

You need to obtain a letter from your insurance company’s home office and have it signed by an underwriting manager/supervisor. The letter must indicate the vehicle identification number, the effective and expiration dates of your policy, along with a statement that your insurance was in effect at the time of the accident or violation. If unable to provide this letter, you must return your registration plate, sticker and card to serve a 3-month suspension.

Your vehicle registration is suspended, due to laps in insurance and you want to restore it.

You need to provide acceptable proof of insurance. Proof of insurance can be provided within that last 30 days of being eligible. Additionally, a $50 restoration fee is required in order for your registration to be restored.

You received a letter regarding insurance on a vehicle you no longer own or have traded in.

You need to provide a copy of the MV-1 or MV-4ST or bill of sale identifying the vehicle and the new owner.

You received a letter regarding insurance on a vehicle that has been junked.

You need to provide a copy of the salvage certificate or letter of salvage from the insurance company indicating the new owner.

You received a letter regarding insurance on a vehicle that has been repossessed.

You need to provide a copy of your letter of repossession from the dealership or financial institution.

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