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Buying a car is likely going to be the biggest purchase you ever make. Knowing the complete history of a car can help you make a more informed decision about your purchase. Massachusetts has a strong Lemon Law that strictly regulates new and used car sales. It requires dealers to make sure that any vehicle sold passes inspection within 7 days of the sale. offers free license plate lookup that will reveal past ownership, title information, liens, odometer reading and salvage records. Search license plates registered in the state of Massachussetts:

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Massachussetts License Plates & Placards

To drive in Massachusetts, a vehicle needs to be properly registered with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), and the vehicle owner must have a legally acquired title. Registration must be kept valid by periodic renewal.

Registered motor vehicles and trailers must display the registration plate or plates, depending on the plate type. The registration plate displays the vehicle registration number and the type of registration. Most vehicles must display 2 license plates; one the back and another on the front of the vehicle. Vehicles such as motorcycles and trailers only need a rear plate.

Replacement plates may be ordered from an RMV Service Center or over the phone (857-368-8000). The fee is $10 per plate. You will be issued a temporary plate permit to keep in the vehicle until the plate arrives. You may obtain an inspection with this permit, if needed. If both of your plates were lost or stolen, you must obtain a new set of plates (new plate/registration number) from an RMV Service Center.

You may request one or two replacement plates at any time. The replacement plates will have the same plate number and be the same plate type as your current registration plates.

Types of Massachusetts License Plates

There are several varieties of special plates available in Massachusetts to support your favorite sports team, charitable organization, or environmental cause. Those who qualify can also order military license plates or historic vehicle tags. Eligibility requirements differ based on plate type.

For details on specific plates, see the License Plate Manual.

Vanity plates can be ordered in person by going to any RMV Full Service Center and completing  the Application for Vanity Plates.  Up to three plate requests can be made on one application. . All vanity plates must begin with two letters. The plate can be no more than six characters, or a maximum of five characters for motorcycle plates. Vanity plates cannot have letters and numbers intermixed. For example: “MY65MG.”

Transferring of License Plates in Massachusetts

An individual, corporation or company may transfer an existing registration from one vehicle to another if the following conditions apply:

  • The registration is active.
  • The owners on the registration will not change.
  • Both vehicles conform to the same plate standards.

To transfer a plate from one vehicle to another of the same type, the fee is $25.00. A $75.00 title fee and the applicable sales tax will also be collected.

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Buying a used car in Massachusetts?  Don’t make a costly mistake. Run a Free License Plate Lookup for your Massachusetts-registered vehicle!

  1. Check for accidents. Every year, approximately 6.0 million automobile accidents are reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  2. Check for title brands. Flood, hail-damage, and salvage titles are examples of critical title brands.
  3. Check for special purpose designations, including taxi-use, rental-use, or police-use.
  4. Check for thefts. Lookup a VIN to check for an active theft or previously recovered theft record.

Run a Free Massachusetts License Plate Lookup to uncover the full-story of your Massachusetts-registered vehicle.

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