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I have moved to New Jersey. How long do I have legally before I have to change my car registration to NJ?


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According to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, if you have moved to New Jersey and plan to stay here for more than 6 months, you will need to get a new driver license, transfer your title, and register your vehicle.

If you have recently moved to New Jersey, you are required to transfer your out-of-state license within 60 days of permanent New Jersey residency or before your current license expires. Your license cannot be transferred to a New Jersey license if you are under 18 years old.

You must register your vehicles within 60 days or before your out-of-state registration expires (whichever is first). You can visit any MVC agency to register you car. The steps and documents needed to register your vehicle include:

  • If you have a lien on the title, you will need to submit an application (ISM/SS-54) to the lien holder to release the title
  • If you leased the vehicle, you must contact the leasing company to have your vehicle registered and titled in New Jersey
  • The name of your insurance company and policy number
  • Proof of Social Security (or exemption)
  • Your vehicle's odometer reading
  • Your current New Jersey driver license number (If you are unlicensed, a number will be assigned to you once you have presented acceptable proof of identification)
  • Complete an application for titling (Form ISM/SS-7) and registration (Form BA-49)
  • Fill out the sales tax stamp on the application (Form ISM/SS-7). You will not be charged sales tax, but this form must be completed noting the proper exemption (exemption 7)

You can contact the NJ MVC for a complete listing of registration fees. You will also need to get your vehicle inspected at a MVC inspection station or a private inspection facility within 14 days of registration. For this you will need a valid driver license, new registration and a proof of NJ insurance.

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