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Buying a Vehicle from a Private Party

When a used vehicle is sold in New Hampshire, a New Hampshire title shall be signed over to the buyer at the time of the sale unless that vehicle is title exempt. For title exempt vehicles, the seller must provide a properly executed Bill of Sale along with either a current or expired New Hampshire certificate of registration or a valid NH or out-of-state certificate of Title. The buyer shall apply for a new Title in his or her name at the town/city clerk's office and register the vehicle. A $25.00 title fee will apply, along with the appropriate registration fees. A VIN verification may be required.

Buying a Vehicle from a New Hampshire Dealership

When a New Hampshire resident purchases a vehicle from a New Hampshire dealer, the dealership will complete the title application and will send it in to the DMV to be processed, along with the $25.00 fee. The dealer will provide the buyer with a blue carbon-copy of the title application which must be brought to the town/city clerk in order to register the vehicle.

Buying a Vehicle from a Dealership in Another State

Out of state dealers may not prepare a New Hampshire Title application. If a New Hampshire resident buys a vehicle from an out-of-state dealer, the dealership shall provide the owner with either the Certificate of Origin or the Title. The buyer must apply for a new Title in his or her name at the town/city clerk's office and register the vehicle. A $25.00 title fee will apply, along with the appropriate registration fees. A VIN verification may be required.


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