Arizona Car Title Transfer and Registration

Vehicle registration in Arizona MUST be completed in person at your local MVD office. So what do you need to take with you to complete your transaction the first time? It depends on how you own your automobile (leasing, making payments, or owner with title) and how you want to register (single, joint, business or transfer to family member) your automobile.

State law requires that you register your vehicle with the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) immediately after establishing residency.

Vehicle Registration & Title Transfer Process

To register, you must visit any AZ MVD office in person. But before visiting you’ll need:

  • Proof of car insurance that meets, at the very minimum, Arizona’s required coverage amounts:
    • $15,000 per person.
    • $30,000 per accident for bodily injury.
    • $10,000 per accident for property damage.
  • An emissions compliance form.

To ease the process, Arizona allows you to register and title your vehicle at the same time.  When you’re ready to apply, visit your local Arizona MVD office with:

  • A completed Title and Registration Application (Form 96-0236).
  • Proof of passing an emissions test, if you reside in Phoenix or Tucson.
    • The results of your test will be automatically sent to the MVD.
  • Proof of a Level I inspection, if applicable.
    • This only applies if you do not have your car’s registration certificate and/or title. A Level I inspection merely verifies your vehicle identification number (VIN).
    • MVD offices provide this service free of charge.
  • Your car’s out-of-state title, or, if it’s held by a lienholder, your car’s current registration certificate.
  • Your out-of-state license plates.
  • Proof of Arizona car insurance.
  • Photo identification (driver’s license, ID card, etc.). The MVD provides a list of acceptable documents.
  • Payment for Arizona registration fees

You can obtain a temporary registration if you need extra time to gather your vehicle paperwork in order to register your vehicle, and if you live in Phoenix or Tucson, you will also be required to pass an emissions test.

To be sure you have everything you need before getting in line at the DMV, visit, answer 3 to 5 questions to generate a checklist of what is needed. Military personnel often get tax breaks in many states, your checklist will indicate if this is the case.