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If you buy a vehicle with an Indiana title, you must title the vehicle in your own name within thirty one (31) days of the purchase date.
If you buy a vehicle from a dealership that partners with the BMV, you may title and register your vehicle at the dealership. All other vehicle purchases must be titled at a license branch or a BMV certified partner location.
To title your vehicle, you must present the title to the vehicle and one proof of your Indiana residency. If you do not have a valid Indiana driver's license, learner's permit, or identification card, you must also present proof of your social security number or an I-94 accompanied by a letter of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration.
If you have recently purchased or received a vehicle with an out of state title, you must title it in Indiana within thirty one (31) days. If you are a new Indiana resident, you must title your vehicle(s) in Indiana within sixty (60) days of becoming an Indiana resident.
If there is a lien on the vehicle and the title is being held by the lien holder, you must visit a license branch to complete a Request For Out of State Title To Perfect A Lien - State Form 1014. The license branch will mail the request to the lien holder. Once the title has been received from your lien holder, the license branch will contact you and ask that you return to the license branch to complete your application for the Indiana title.
Vehicle Inspection Requirement
Any vehicle from another state that is being titled in Indiana, including vehicles owned by new Indiana residents and vehicles assigned to an Indiana resident on a manufacturer's Certificate of Origin, must receive a vehicle inspection. The inspection will confirm the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The inspection may be done at any Indiana license branch or BMV certified partner location at no charge or may be completed by a law enforcement officer who may charge up to five dollars ($5). The officer must complete a Physical Inspection of a Vehicle or Watercraft - State Form 39530 after completing a vehicle inspection.
When you purchase a vehicle in Indiana, you must pay a seven percent (7%) sales tax. If a vehicle is purchased from an Indiana dealership, the dealer will collect the sales tax. If a vehicle is purchased privately, the sales tax must be paid at a license branch when you title the vehicle. There is no sales tax collected on a vehicle received as a gift.
Indiana residents who purchased a vehicle from another state and paid sales tax in that state will receive credit toward the seven percent (7%) sales tax owed in Indiana. If you paid less than seven percent (7%) sales tax, you will pay the difference to Indiana. New Indiana residents transferring their vehicle titles to Indiana do not pay sales tax.
Indiana residents who purchased a vehicle from an out of state dealer may mail their application for title to the BMV Central Office Processing Department. Applicants must submit the requirements provided in the Title Transfer from Out of State Dealer Title Application Packet.