Registering a Vehicle in the Name of a Trust
Vehicles may be registered in the name of a trust. For the most part, the same requirements apply as with vehicles registered in an individual's name. The following is a list of additional documents and requirements for vehicles registered in the name of a trust.
- A copy of the trust document or letter from an attorney stating the name of a trust and the trustees. These documents will be filed with the title documents at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
- The Connecticut Insurance Identification Card must be in the name of the trust as it appears on the Application for Registration and Title (form H-13B).
- The name on the Application for Registration and Title (form H-13B) must match the name on the title.
- Sales tax, based on the purchase price of the vehicle or the book value, whichever is higher, is charged on these transactions. The sales tax is 6.35 percent for vehicles purchased at $50,000 or less. In addition, the sales tax is 7.75 percent for vehicles over $50,000. A transfer of a vehicle to/from a trust will be exempt from Connecticut sales tax providing there are no liens on the vehicle and no consideration is involved in the transfer. A Motor Vehicle and Vessel Gift Declaration form (AU-463) will be required.