Indiana Car Title Transfer and Registration

Vehicle registration must be completed with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) in order to legally drive on IN roadways. 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.

When you move to Indiana, you will have 60 days to complete your registration in person at an Indiana BMV branch office. You must first have an Indiana title on the vehicle in your name.

Vehicle Registration & Title Transfer Process

To obtain a vehicle registration in Indiana, you must first complete the auto title transfer for your vehicle, in which case you must bring the following:

  • A completed Application for Certificate of Title (Form 205).
  • The vehicle title in your name, OR properly assigned to you.
  • Proof of residency (e.g. driver’s license, current utility bill, etc.).
  • Proof of vehicle inspection, if applicable.
  • Payment for your titling and registration fees.

If there is a lien currently on your car title, and your lender has possession of your title, you must visit a BMV branch and complete a Request for out of State Title to Perfect a Lien (Form 1014).

The BMV will then obtain the title from your lien holder, and notify you to return to the branch office to complete your title application.

Once completed, the new Indiana title will be sent back to your lender to hold until the lien is ready to be released.

To be sure you have everything you need before getting in line at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), 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.