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AshlynM's avatar

When registering your car, does the owner of the car have to be the one to register it?

Asked by AshlynM (6769 points ) September 7th, 2011

Or can a significant other, friend, or family member do it for them? Does the owner have to be present at the dmv?

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marinelife's avatar

Someone else with all the correct documentation can do it.

jca's avatar

As long as the owner signs the documents required.

When you buy a new car, the dealer often does it (they charge for it, but it does save time on behalf of the new owner).

CWOTUS's avatar

No. Auto registration (in the USA, and in any of the several states where I’ve registered vehicles) is a task that is often performed by employees and other associates of the owner.

seekingwolf's avatar

Nope. My car is actually in my father’s name still (and thus registered in his name) and I just had to show ID and the signed papers, pay the fee, and I got my registration.

mrrich724's avatar

Someone else can do it. It’s how you can register a car that a bank owns the title to until you pay it off…

Ron_C's avatar

In Pennsylvania, all the owner had to do is sign the title and the purchaser does the rest, including paying the sales tax and registration.

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