How and when should I register a vehicle purchased from a private seller?

Following the purchase of a vehicle from a private seller, the purchaser must immediately make an appointment to transfer the vehicle and provide proof of Michigan No-Fault insurance at a Secretary of State branch within 15 days of the sale. The new owner may also purchase registration for the vehicle at this time.

We advise customers visit Michigan.gov/SOS at 8 a.m. or noon, Monday through Friday, to schedule an appointment for the next day. 

 

Last updated: April 1, 2021