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If you buy a vehicle with an Indiana title, or receive as a gift a vehicle with an Indiana title, you must title it in your own name within 31 days.
If you buy a vehicle from a dealership which partners with the BMV you may title and register your vehicle at the dealership. If you buy a vehicle from a private individual or from a dealership that does not partner with the BMV, you must visit a license branch or BMV partner location to title your vehicle.
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 I-94 and Social Security Administration ineligibility letter.
The following forms are required:
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.
If you have recently purchased or received a vehicle with an out-of-state title, you must title it in Indiana within 31 days. If you are a new Indiana resident, you must title your vehicles in Indiana within 60 days of becoming an Indiana resident.
Vehicle Inspection Requirement
Any vehicle being titled in Indiana from another state, 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’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN); this inspection is not performed to test the vehicle’s equipment. This inspection may be done at any Indiana license branch or partner location at no charge or may be completed by a police officer who may charge up to five dollars ($5). The officer must fill out a form named Physical Inspection of a Vehicle or Watercraft - State Form 39530 when completing a vehicle inspection.
New Indiana Residents
Indiana residents who purchase a vehicle from another state and pay more than Indiana’s seven percent (7%) sales tax will receive credit from Indiana for taxes paid in that other state. If you paid less than seven percent (7%) sales tax when you purchased your vehicle in another state, you will present proof of this and will pay the difference to Indiana. New Indiana residents who have titled their vehicles in another state do not have to pay sales tax when they title their vehicles in Indiana.