Paperwork Required When Buying a Car in Connecticut

Last Updated on March 22, 2018 by Jason Mason

When buying a car in Connecticut, you will need to obtain the required paperwork from the seller in order to register and title the car in your name with the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If you buy a car from a dealer, they will process all the required paperwork on your behalf. Continue reading this article to get more information about the paperwork required when buying a car in Connecticut.

Paperwork for Connecticut Car Buyers

When you buy a car in Connecticut, you must obtain necessary paperwork from the seller in order to register and title the car in your name. If you buy your car from a dealer, they will normally process the required paperwork on your behalf. However, if you buy the car from a private seller, you will need to handle required paperwork for car registration and titling with the CT DMV.

Documents from the Seller

You should obtain the following documents from the seller:

  • The certificate of title, signed by seller over to you.
  • A bill of sale or submit Form H-31. The two must include your name and address, seller’s name and address, vehicle purchase date, vehicle purchase price, seller’s signature and vehicle description.

NOTE: If the title is missing, damaged or lost, ask the seller to apply for a duplicate copy and sign it over to you.

Additional Documents

Additional documents that you also need to submit include:

  • Proof of car insurance.
  • Identification (Connecticut driver’s license).
  • Emissions test certificate.
  • VIN verification, if the vehicle you are buying is exempt from emission test.

Once all the required paperwork, fees and taxes have been submitted, you will be issued with a new license plate in your name.

Title Transfer and Car Registration in Connecticut

You have to go in person to the nearest Connecticut Division of Motor Vehicle to register and title the car in your name. Take the following with you:

  • The signed certificate of title.
  • A general bill of sale or Form H-31.
  • Form H-13 (Official Registration and Application for Certificate of Title).
  • Proof of car insurance.
  • Proof of Identification.
  • VIN verification, if applicable.
  • Vehicle emissions test certification, if applicable.
  • Payment for taxes and fees: $25 title transfer fee. Registration fee, Sales tax, which is usually the NADA value or 6.35% of the purchase price. If your vehicle is valued at $50,000, tax is 7% of the purchase price.

Transferring Connecticut License Plates

You can transfer your old car’s license plates to your new car. To do so, you must:

  • Submit the license plates you want to transfer.
  • Pay $21 transfer fee.

Vehicle History Reports

A vehicle history report is not needed when registering or transferring a title. However you need this report when buying a car. Based on a vehicle identification number, vehicle history reports usually show the vehicle’s:

  • Accident history.
  • Damage and repair history.
  • The odometer reading.

This report can help you verify information provided by the seller about the vehicle that you are buying.

Used Vehicle Warranties in Connecticut

Connecticut state requires all vehicles that cost at least $3000 and that are within 6 years old, to be covered by a warranty when sold by dealers. You car will not be covered under this regulation, if it does not meet the above requirements. The minimum warranty periods are:

  • 1,500 miles or 30 days for vehicles that cost $3,000 to $5,000.
  • 3,000 miles or 60 days for vehicles that cost over $5,000.

During the warranty period:

  • The warranty is extended for each day your vehicle stays in the repair shop.
  • The dealer is responsible for all repairs at no cost.

NOTE: There is no warranty for vehicles purchased from private sellers.