Motor Vehicle Titling

NOTE: This information is based on current statute requirements and is subject to change.


Missouri Resident Titling Requirements

You have 30 days from the date of purchase to title and pay sales tax on your newly purchased vehicle. If you do not title the vehicle within 30 days, there is a title penalty of $25 on the 31st day after purchase. The penalty increases another $25 for every 30 days you are late with a maximum penalty of $200.

To title a motor vehicle in the state of Missouri, the owner must submit the following:

  1. The Certificate of Title, properly signed over to you (see instructions), or Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO);
  2. A signed Application for Missouri Title and License (Form 108);
  3. An identification number and odometer (ID/OD) inspection, if ownership of the motor vehicle was transferred to you on a title issued by another state or country. This inspection can be completed by a Missouri authorized inspection station. A current safety inspection will satisfy this requirement;
  4. An Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form 3019), if applicable; and
  5. A notarized Lien Release (Form 4809), if applicable.

You will pay:

To title and register (obtain license plates for) a newly purchased motor vehicle, please refer to the Buying a Vehicle page of our website.

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New Resident Titling & Registration Requirements

You have 30 days from the date of becoming a Missouri resident to title your vehicle.

To obtain a Missouri title and registration (license plates) on a motor vehicle currently titled in another state, you must submit the following:

  1. An ownership document such as:
  2. A signed Application for Missouri Title and License (Form 108);
  3. A current insurance identification card (original, copy, or electronic if legible) or other proof of financial responsibility;
  4. Statement of non-assessment from your county (or City of St. Louis) assessor's office showing you do not owe personal property taxes in the county (or City of St. Louis). Visit the State Tax Commission for a list of assessors;
  5. *A Missouri safety inspection not more than 60 days old;
  6. Identification number and odometer (ID/OD) inspection. All motor vehicles previously titled in another state or country must be inspected to verify the vehicle identification number and odometer reading of the vehicle. This inspection can be completed by a Missouri authorized inspection station. A safety inspection or emissions inspection will satisfy this requirement; and
  7. *An emissions inspection not more than 60 days old, if you reside in St. Louis City or the following counties: Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, or St. Louis, if applicable.

* If there is no change in vehicle ownership, even model year vehicles must be safety and emissions inspected (unless exempt) in even calendar years, and odd model year vehicles must be inspected (unless exempt) in odd calendar years.

Note: Effective January 1, 2010, motor vehicles are exempt from the safety inspection requirement for the first five years following the model year of manufacture. This is true regardless of whether or not a change of ownership occurs during this time frame. Example: a 2006 vehicle will be exempt from the safety inspection in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

You will pay:

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Military Personnel Stationed Out of State Titling and Registration Requirements

To obtain a Missouri title and registration (license plates) on a motor vehicle, you must submit the following:

  1. The Certificate of Title, properly signed over to you, a Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO) or proof of ownership in accordance with the laws of the other state or country;
    NOTE: If one of the ownership documents listed above is not available, please contact a license office for additional information and assistance.
    NOTE: If there is a lien on the vehicle, you should obtain the title from the lienholder to submit with your application. The lien will remain in force. When the Missouri title is issued, the lien will appear on the face of the title. Missouri titles are mailed to the vehicle owner. If you are unable to obtain the title, please contact us at (573) 526-3669 or [email protected].
  2. A signed Application for Missouri Title and License (Form 108);
  3. A current insurance identification card (original, copy, or electronic if legible) or other proof of financial responsibility;
  4. Either a statement of non-assessment from your Missouri county (or City of St. Louis) collector's office showing you do not owe property taxes or, if your home of record is not Missouri, a Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) to verify military status and state of residency. Two year registrations require statements from the prior two years. Visit the State Tax Commission for a list of assessors;
    NOTE: If the LES shows Missouri as the state of residency, you will need to show personal property tax receipt or statement of non-assessment.
  5. Identification number and odometer (ID/OD) inspection. All motor vehicles previously titled in another state or country must be inspected to verify the vehicle identification number and odometer reading of the vehicle. A signed statement from a commissioned officer of the United States Armed Forces verifying the vehicle's identification number and odometer reading may be submitted; and
  6. A General Affidavit (Form 768) stating the vehicle has been out of state for more than 60 days.
    NOTE: Upon returning to Missouri the vehicle must be safety inspected within 10 days. The vehicle must also be emissions inspected within 10 days, if applicable.

You will pay:

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Still need help? You can also submit your motor vehicle title and licensing questions to our staff by e-mail. Your e-mail will be forwarded to the appropriate area for reply. Some inquiries can be responded to more quickly than others depending on the issue and amount of time needed for research. Please make sure your computer will accept our e-mail response.