Bought car no title, so how can I register it?

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Usually, you can’t – not until you apply for and receive a replacement or duplicate car title, that is.

The application process is generally as simple as completing a form and presenting it, along with any related documents and applicable fees, to the agency that handles titles and registration in your state. (This might mean contacting your local DMV office or another agency such as your county clerk’s office. Some states let their revenue departments handle these matters.)

Keep in mind, of course, that each state has its own procedures in place for obtaining a duplicate title, so you must contact your state’s agency for specific instructions and fee information.

If you’ve bought a car with no title, it’s best to apply for a replacement or duplicate as soon as possible. In addition to needing the title to prove you actually own the vehicle, a number of vehicle transactions require a car title. For example, you need the title to complete or update a vehicle registration as well as to conduct a title transfer (say you’ve bought or sold a vehicle or have given, received, or inherited a vehicle).

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