Applying for Car Registration in Mississippi
Obtaining Mississippi vehicle registration credentials is a process that you must complete within seven business days of acquiring a new or used automobile. If you purchase the vehicle outside of the county where you live, the Mississippi Department of Revenue (DOR) gives you nine days to apply for a new registration. If you do not obtain DMV registration credentials in a timely manner, you may need to pay a penalty fee when you do register the vehicle with the DOR.
If you purchase a vehicle from a Mississippi dealer, you may choose to purchase a temporary tag before leaving the dealership. This temporary tag remains valid for seven business days, permitting you to operate the newly purchased vehicle until you receive your permanent registration credentials.
Download our registration guide to learn more about these DMV car registration requirements and to explore information about registering your newly acquired vehicle.
Getting Vehicle Registration Records in Mississippi
Many drivers wonder, “Where can I apply for MS car registration near me?” To obtain new car registration credentials for your recently acquired motor vehicle, visit a local tax collector’s office in the county where you live to submit your application materials in person.
Once you arrive at the tax collector’s office, you will need:
- The vehicle’s certificate of title
- The vehicle’s Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (if applicable)
- A bill of sale (if applicable)
- A title application
Unless you purchased the vehicle from a Mississippi dealer, you will also need to apply for a new certificate of title during your visit to the county Tax Collector’s office (more information here).
Mississippi Vehicle Registration Fees
You may pay car registration taxes and fees at the tax collector’s office when you apply for your auto registration. Typically, these fees vary by vehicle type, value and the city or county where you live. These fees will be different from your yearly registration renewal fees.
Learn more about the types of documents you will need and get instructions on how to register your Mississippi vehicle in this free guide.