What’s a courtesy registration?
A courtesy registration is issued when a vehicle is being transferred from out-of-state and the original title is held by a lienholder who is not present. A photocopy of the front and back of the title can be used to issue a six-month courtesy registration. This applies only when there is a lienholder holding the original title.
Courtesy registrations allow time for the original title to be mailed to the DMV and are valid for up to six months. They can’t be used for ownership transfers.
Note: A registration certificate cannot substitute the requirement.
Courtesy registration next steps
If you’ve been issued a Courtesy Registration, it’s your responsibility to contact the organization or lienholder who’s holding the title and ask that they mail it to the DMV. (Notify the lienholder or leasing company using this DMV-provided title request form.)
State of Connecticut
Department of Motor Vehicles
Attn: Record Updates
Wethersfield, CT 06161
Fees for courtesy registration
The fee for courtesy registrations is 25 percent of the base registration cost, plus other first time registration fees. View estimated fees.
The DMV sends out a renewal notice 45 days before the expiration date for the remaining months of your registration term.
If the required, original out-of-state title is not submitted to the DMV prior to the expiration of the courtesy registration, the current registration can’t be renewed until this title has been provided.
What to expect
Once the original out-of-state title is received, the registration may be renewed and a Connecticut Certificate of Title is processed and mailed to the lienholder of record.