Frequently Asked Questions

Title and Registration: What hours are the main MVD offices open?
- The MVD offices are open Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

How do I change my address?
- You can change your address online.  You will be asked to provide your name, date of birth, and driver's license or identification number.
- Address changes are free
- There is a $12.00 charge if you request a replacement driver's license or identification card

What documents do I need to transfer a title and registration?
- Completed, signed title application
- Signed and notarized vehicle title
- Any other document that may apply - Power of Attorney
- Personal representative titles

What do I need to title and register my out-of-state vehicle?
- Completed, signed title application
- Emission compliance form if vehicle model year is more than 5 years old
- Level 1 Inspection, if out of state title and/or registration is missing
- Out-of-state title
- Payment of applicable title and registration fees

Can I renew my registration even if I do not have a renewal notice?
- Yes, it is not required that you have a renewal notice.  Your current or expired registration document can be used.

Can I renew my registration early, before I receive a renewal notice?
- Yes, if an emission test is not required you may renew up to 6 months before the expiration date. If an emissions test is required you may renew your registration up to 3 months before the expiration date by showing your current registration at the test station

How long do I have to transfer the title on my new vehicle?
- The transfer must be complete within 15 business days in order to avoid penalty fees

How can I get a replacement (duplicate) registration/tab?
- You may apply for a duplicate vehicle registration online or at any MVD or authorized Third Party office.
- When you apply online the registration will print on your printer
- You may apply for a tab replacement online or at any MVD or authorized Third Party office.   - When you apply online, you will be mailed a replacement registration with a tab attached

What are the ownership rights options (legal status) for a title?

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"Or" Legal Status: This ownership is a joint tenancy, with an expressed intent that either of the owners has full authority to transfer ownership of the vehicle, license plates, and/or fees, or to record loan information.
** The owners' names will appear on the title as in this example: JOHN DOE OR JOE ROSS
- To transfer ownership of the vehicle, license plates, and/or fees, or to record loan information the signature of either party will be accepted.  Both signatures are not required.  If this legal status is chosen, all owners must sign in the Legal Status section.
- "AND" Legal Status: This ownership is a tenancy in common.
** The owners' names will appear on the title as in this example: JOHN DOE AND JOE ROSS
- To transfer ownership of the vehicle, license plates, and/or fees, or to record loan information, the signatures of both parties will be required.
- In the death of either party, the interest of the deceased party must be handled by probate action, or by completing a non-probate affidavit.
-" AND/OR" Legal Status: This ownership is a joint tenancy with right of survivorship.
** The owners' names will appear on the title as in this example: JOHN DOE AND/OR JOE ROSS
- To transfer ownership of the vehicle, license plates, and/or fees, or to record loan information the signatures of both parties will be required, if both are living.  Upon proof of death, the survivor may sign alone.


Emissions:
Which vehicles require an emissions test ? - Any vehicle model year 2010 or older.
- The Department of Environmental Quality is responsible for the emission testing program and laws.
- For more information contact the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality toll free at
(877)692-9227, (877)myazcar, or visit www.myazcar.com

What happens after I complete an emissions test?
- Emission test results are immediately sent electronically to the MVD, it is not necessary to wait after completing you emissions test before renewing online or by the phone

Inspections:

Where do I go to get an inspection on my vehicle?
- Level 1 inspections can be done at any MVD or authorized Third Party
- Level 2 and 3 inspections are conducted at specific vehicle inspection locations
- Abandoned vehicle: Any law enforcement officer or authorized third party provider can provide an inspection on a vehicle on private property.


What are the types of vehicle inspections and fees?

- Level 1 Inspections: Basic inspection to match the vehicle identification number to the vehicle ownership documents to determine the identity of the vehicle.  Required only for certain vehicles.  Most vehicles are successfully inspected and verified at this level.
- Level 1 inspections are conducted at the MVD or authorized Third Party offices, or by designated law enforcement officers.  There is no fee for a level 1 inspection at an MVD office but Third Party offices may have one.
- Level 2 Inspections: Secondary inspections are conducted when unusual circumstances indicate that a secondary VIN should be examined
- Level 2 inspections are conducted specially by a certified ADOT agent and the fee is $20.00
- Level 3 Inspections: Highest level of inspection and is conducted by a specially certified ADOT agent for restored or salvaged vehicles, conducted by appointment only, the fee is $50.00.
- Abandoned Vehicle Inspections: Any law enforcement officer or authorized third party provider can provide an inspection on a vehicle on private property; fees may apply based on the circumstances.

What types of payments are acceptable for vehicle inspection fees?
- Cash or check only

Can anyone bring my car for an inspection?
- Yes, as long as they have a valid driver's license

Permits

How do I obtain a permit? - If you bought the vehicle from a licensed dealer, the dealer will give you a Temporary Registration Plate that allows you to operate the vehicle for any purpose.  
- If you purchased the vehicle from a private sale, you may obtain a restricted 3-Day Permit which is valid only for the purposes of vehicle inspection, emissions testing, repairs needed to comply with inspection emission rules, or to otherwise complete the registration process.  The restricted use 3-Day Permit can be obtained online at EZ permit, or at any MVD or authorized Third Party office.  In order to operate the vehicle for any other purpose, you must first complete the registration process.  No more than three restricted 3-Day Permits can be issued to any vehicle in a 12 month period.


How is a 30 Day General Use permit used?
- A 30-Day General Use Registration is issued when you do not qualify for a permanent registration or other types of temporary permits.  Only one 30-Day permit is allowed per vehicle within a 12 month period.

How is a 90 Day Resident permit used?
- A 90 Day Resident permit is generally for individuals who are missing paperwork necessary to transfer an out-of-state title, two consecutive 90 Day Permits may be issued within a 12 month period.

Plate and Fee to Owner:

What should I do when I sell or transfer my vehicle?
- The license plate belongs to you, the vehicle owner, not the vehicle.  When a vehicle is sold or tranferred, you will remove and retain the plate, instead of leaving the plate on the vehicle.  Within 30 days you must do one of the following things:
- Transfer the plate credit to another vehicle you own
or
- Request a refund online at servicearizona.com


Is there a fee charged to transfer my plate credit or to request a refund?
- Yes, there is a $12.00 processing fee to transfer your plate credit or to request a refund

Can I transfer my regular/standard plate if there is no credit?
- Yes, but you will not be charged the processing or transfer fee except for personalized or special plates, which will be charged the $12.00 

What should I do when I buy a vehicle from a private sale?
- If you choose to transfer a plate to your new purchase, you must provide the dealer with the plate number.  You may be eligible to apply a credit or request a refund.  The dealer will assist you with this process and provide you with a form indicating your selection.  The dealer will issue a Temporary Registration Plate.  You may operate the vehicle using the TRP until the new registration arrives in the mail.  Then, you will remove the TRP and attach the plate that you transferred from the precious vehicle, along with the new tabs that you received in the mail.  

Can I put my plate on another vehicle as soon as I buy it?
- No, you cannot display the plate on another vehicle until the vehicle is registered through and MVD or authorized Third Party Provider.

Can I transfer the plate to a vehicle I already own?
- Yes, your plate and credit may be transferred when you renew the Arizona registration of another vehicle that you own.  You must first visit any MVD or authorized Third Party Office to transfer the plate and register the vehicle.

Mandatory Insurance:

What is mandatory insurance?
- Arizona requires that every motor vehicle operated on our roadways be covered by one of the statutory forms of financial responsibility, more commonly called liability insurance, through a company that is authorized to do business in Arizona.  This include golf carts, motorcycles, and mopeds.
- Minimum level of financial responsibility:
- $15,000 bodily injury liability for one person and $30,000 for two or more people
- $10,000 property damage liability


What happens if I don't get insurance?
- Law enforcement officers will ask you for proof of insurance at the time of traffic stops or accidents.  Insurance companies notify the MVD of all policy cancellations, non-renewals, and new policies.  If your insurance company send the MVD a notice that your policy is no longer active, we will send an inquiry to verify your insurance status.
- Failure to maintain proof of insurance could lead to the suspension of your vehicle registration and/or drivers license.  The future proof requirement is most commonly an SR22 form from an insurance company.

Will my out-of-state insurance be acceptable for Arizona?
- No, all vehicles registered in Arizona must be insured by a company licensed to do business in this state.
How long do I have to get insurance after I register my car?
- Insurance is required immediately, before driving the vehicle.

What is de-insurance and how do I de-insure my vehicle?
- De-insurance is a method of temporarily not maintaining the required insurance on the vehicle until it is ready to be driven or placed on the road again.  A de-insured vehicle will not be suspended unless driven on the roadways of this state.
- To de-insure your vehicle, complete the online de-insured certificate.  Once you have submitted the form, the information will be entered onto the vehicle record within 2 business days.
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