PA Title and Registration

–   Below are some of the most common Vehicle Registration and Titling requests and/or issues that we work with on an everyday basis; however we are educated and authorized by PennDOT to do so much more! If you are looking for something that is not explained here or you would like more details, please contact us at your convenience and we will be more than happy to assist you.

–  *Please note: We have done our best to explain our services and what is required in detail, however as everything in life, every service/situation has different requirements; therefore further documentation or representation may be needed!

PLEASE REMEMBER WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR PENNDOT DELAYS

Vehicle Registration and Titling

–  Did you purchase a car, motorcycle, truck or trailer?  Let us do your title and registration work!  

You will need to bring:

  • The Title – OR – Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin.
    –  *If it is an out of state title the state requires a VIN Verification.
    MV-41 Application for Correction of Vehicle Record or Verification of Vehicle Record or Verification of Vehicle Identification Number
    –   *If the title is a PA title or an out of state title that needs to be notarized the seller(s) must also come with their valid DL/ID so we can notarize the title OR it must be notarized before coming in to do the transfer!
    –   *Certificates of Origin need to be notarized under the Odometer Statement AND Customer Assignment.
  • Your valid PA Driver’s License.
    –   *If your address differs from that on your driver’s license we will need your amendment card as well or we will need to change your address with the state.
    –   * If your address needs changed/updated we will most likely be able to change your address at the same time as your transfer.
  • Your valid PA Automobile Insurance Card or Declarations Page
    –   *Make sure your name is listed on the ID card, if not we must have a VIN specific card or the Declarations Page showing you are listed as a driver.
    –   *Please review acceptable Proof of Insurance
    –   * Please note: If the buyer has a registration/plate in his or her name that plate is most likely transferable and in most situations will save you money! Just bring in the registration card for that license plate with you!

Cars:

– The average fees for a title transfer w/new plates and registration is: $188.00 + sales tax on the purchase price and the $5.00 fee for local use if applicable.
– The average fees for the transfer of a title and plate/registration is: $133.00 + sales tax on the purchase price and the $5.00 fee for local use if applicable.
– The average fees for the transfer of a title and plate/registration w/renewal is: $169.00 + sales tax on the purchase price and the $5.00 fee for local use if applicable.

Motorcycles:

– The average fees for a title transfer w/new plates and registration is: $170.00 + sales tax and the $5.00 fee for local use if applicable.
– The average fees for the transfer of a title and plate/registration is: $133.00 + sales tax on the purchase price and the $5.00 fee for local use if applicable.
– The average fees for the transfer of a title and plate/registration w/renewal is: $151.00 + sales tax and the $5.00 fee for local use if applicable.

Trucks and Trailers:

– The average fees for a title transfer w/new plates and registration is as follows: $152.00 + PA state GVWR Registration fee + sales tax on the purchase price and the $5.00 fee for local use if applicable.
– The average fees for the transfer of a title and plate/registration is as follows: $133.00 + sales tax on the purchase price + any applicable increase fee and the $5.00 fee for local use if applicable.
– The average fees for the transfer of a title and plate/registration w/renewal is as follows: $133.00 + PA state GVWR Registration fee + sales tax on the purchase price + any applicable increase fee and the $5.00 fee for local use if applicable.

–  Please review: Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles schedule of fees.

–  Please review: Fee for Local Use – Participating Counties .

–  *Please note: In most cases the actual registration can be issued the same day; however certain circumstances require the application to be sent by messenger to PennDOT. If so, this service generally takes about 4 to 6 weeks. If possible we will provide you with a 90-day temporary registration.  The actual registration will be returned to our office and we will call you as soon as it comes in!

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Registration Renewal

–   Is it that time of year already? We know how busy life can be; it’s so easy to forget. Stop in and we can get you renewed and back on the road!

The owner of the vehicle needs to bring the following:

  • The current insurance card for the vehicle you are renewing.
  • The current mileage of the vehicle.
  • And, if you have it, the current/expired registration card or renewal application from the state.

–   Car Registration: $36.00 + Service Charge + the $5.00 fee for local use if applicable.
–   Motorcycle Registration: $18.00 + Service Charge + the $5.00 fee for local use if applicable.
–   Truck and/or Trailer Registration: The state registration fee is based on the truck/trailer GVWR + Service Charge + the $5.00 fee for local use if applicable.

–  Please review: Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles schedule of fees.

–  Please review: Fee for Local Use – Participating Counties .

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Duplicate Title

–   Ordering a duplicate title is easy at John’s Auto Tags; in most cases we can get you a duplicate title in as little as 3 to 10 business days!

The owner(s) of the vehicle need to bring the following:

  • Each owner must have his or her valid Driver’s License or valid Photo Identification.
  • And, if you have it, the registration card, VIN, Title number or Plate number.
  • And, if applicable, the lien release letter.

–  *Please note: If PennDOT has a lien recorded in their system a lien release letter from the lienholder will be required to accompany the application to the state. In this case the processing will generally take about 4 to 6 weeks. 

Duplicate Title: $51.00 + Service Charge

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Change of Name

–   Do you need to change your name on your vehicle record? We can help you get your title and/or your registration card updated!  

The owner(s) of the vehicle need to bring the following:

  • Each owner must have his or her valid Driver’s License or valid Photo ID.
  • The vehicle registration card.
  • The original marriage certificate, original divorce decree, or original court order.
  • The title to the vehicle if you going to change the name on the title as well.

–  *Please note: Changing the name on the title is not required. If you do not change the name on the title, when you decide to sell, trade-in, or scrap your vehicle you will simply need to provide the original above certificate, decree, or court order.

Registration Change of Name: $21.00 Service Charge
Title and Registration Change of Name: $51.00 + Service Charge

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Change of Address

–   There are so many things to remember when you’re moving. If you already have Pennsylvania Registration, we can change your address right over the counter, on-line. Your revised registration card prints out right here in our office!

Registration Change of Address: $8.00 Service Charge

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Duplicate Registration Sticker and/or Card

–   Have you lost or misplaced your registration card and/or your sticker? Stop into our office and we can print out a new registration card and even issue you a new sticker in seconds!

Duplicate Registration Card an/or Sticker: $6.00 + Service Charge

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Duplicate License Plate

–   Have you lost your license plate? Stop into our office and we can issue you a new plate along with a registration card and sticker right over the counter!

The owner(s) of the vehicle need to bring the following:

  • Each owner must have his or her valid Driver’s License or valid Photo ID.

Duplicate Registration Plate: $11.00 + Service Charge

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Vanity Plate

–   Looking for a vanity plate, something that will make you and your car stand apart from the rest?

–  Personalized regular registration plates are available for:

  • Passenger cars
  • Motorcycles (may contain a combination of up to five letters and numbers)
  • Trucks (under 14,000 lbs)
  • Motorhomes
  • Trailers

 

The owner(s) of the vehicle need to bring the following:

  • Each owner must have his or her valid Driver’s License or valid Photo ID.
  • The current vehicle registration card.

*Please Note:

  • One hyphen or one space is permitted, but not both.
  • Special characters are not available.
  • A hyphen or space is not recognized as part of the plate configuration and does not count as one of the letters or numbers.
  • The plate you request is not guaranteed. The state must approve the plate you request.
  • Vanity plates are order in large groups therefore it may take 6 to 8 weeks, sometimes more, sometimes less.
  • If your request is approved the plate, registration card, and sticker will be returned to our office; we will call you when it comes in!

Check Personalized License Plate Availability
Order your VANITY PLATE today: $76.00 + Service Charge

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Special Fund Plates

–   Pennsylvania’s DMV offers several Special Fund/Organization Plates. Below are the Special Fund plates that we can issue over the counter.


otter-plage–   Conserve Wild Resources: Proceeds from this plate support the management of the Commonwealth’s unique flora and fauna! Wild Resources Plate: $35.00 + Service Charge

 

 

tiger-plate–   PA’s Zoological Council License Plate: Proceeds benefit the PA Zoological Council’s six member zoos: the Philadelphia Zoo, the Pittsburgh Zoo, the Erie Zoo, the Elmwood Park Zoo, the National Aviary, and the Lehigh Valley Zoo! Zoological Council Plate: $54.00 + Service Charge

 

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–   Preserve Our Heritage Plate: Proceeds from this plate help underwrite the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s educational and exhibit programs!  Preserve Our Heritage Plate: $54.00 + Service Charge

 

 

The owner(s) of the vehicle need to bring the following:

  • Each owner must have his or her valid Driver’s License or valid Photo ID.
  • And, if you have it, the current vehicle registration card.

Special Fund Plate:  State fees vary + Service Charge

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Keep in mind we can do so much more:

  • On-Line Vehicle Registration Restorations
  • Requests for Vehicle Information
  • Salvage and Reconstructed Titles
  • Vintage/Antique/Classic/Collectable Titles and Registrations
  • Vertical Motorcycle Registration Plates