Do I have to keep the registration in the car?

Where do you keep your car registration? New drivers find that this is a commonly asked question, but the answer is pretty simple. Always keep the registration in the car. If you are ever pulled over, the first things the police officer will want to see are your license and registration.

New drivers will want to keep in mind that your vehicle title and your vehicle registration are not the same document. The title for your car is kept by the lending institution until the loan is paid off. When the car is paid for, you will be given the title to keep in a safe place, such as a safety deposit box. When you sell the car, the title gets signed over to the new owner to so he can get his own registration and license plates.

The registration shows that you have paid all the necessary fees to register the vehicle with your state's DMV. It needs to be kept in the car, since it is also accepted as proof of ownership for people who have a lien on their vehicle.

There are a few different factors to consider when deciding where to keep your registration in the car. The registration needs to be out of the way, so it isn't seen easily by others. Another concern is that the registration is easily accessible. If you are pulled over by the police, you need to be able to get the registration without too much trouble. Therefore, the best places to keep your car registration are:

  • In the glove compartment, preferably in a plastic cover.
  • Under the seat, if your car has an under-seat drawer.
  • In a visor pocket that can be attached to your visor.
  • In the middle console, if your car is designed with one.

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