TITLE AND TAG SERVICES

Through our online connection with PennDOT, we are able to provide many services on the spot.

 
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LICENSE PLATES

All Motor vehicles in Pennsylvania must have a license plate issued by an Approved PennDOT Center that must be displayed on the back of the vehicle.


In addition to standard plates, both personalized plates (vanity plates) and Special fund plates are available to Pennsylvania drivers .

VEHICLE REGISTRATION

Pennsylvanians renew their vehicle registration every year. Visit A&D with proof of valid insurance for that specific vehicle and the odometer reading on your vehicle and we will handle your registration renewal.

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VEHICLE TITLES

A&D can transfer ownership of Pennsylvania titles along with transferring out-of-state titles into the state of Pennsylvania.


Duplicate titles, obtaining titles and updating titles is easy with our help.

LICENSE PLATES

Vanity plates may display a maximum of 7 characters. If interested in finding out if your plate is available use the PennDOT Personal Registration Plate Availability tool.

 

Organizational license plates are offered directly through the organizations sponsors.
(Organizational plates are NOT available at A&D)

Qualifications for Classic Plates

  • Vehicle must be over 15 years old (based on the year of manufacture)

  • Vehicle must be in the condition that is was originally through maintenance and or restoration.

 

Qualifications for Antique Plates:

  • Vehicle must be over 25 years old (based on the year of manufacture) 

  • Vehicle must be in the condition that is was originally through maintenance and or restoration.

 

Other Plates available: 

  • Disability License Plates

  • Amateur Radio Operator

  • Press Photographer Plate

  • Military Veteran Plates

 
 

REGISTRATION NAME CHANGE

  • If you desire to change your name due to marriage and intend to use your spouse's surname please bring your current PA Driver License or current PA State ID along with your Marriage Certificate and Vehicle Registration Card or Title.

  • If you desire to change your name due to divorce please bring your current PA Driver's License or Current PA State ID, your Vehicle Registration Card or Title and a Certified copy of the Court Order to Re-take your last name. To obtain this document please contact your local County Court House where you filed for divorce.

  • If you desire to use another name (ie, using your maiden name as your middle name) you must provide your current PA Driver's License or current PA state ID, Vehicle Registration Card or Title and your Social Security Card along with two other sources issued in the desired name such as: Tax Records, Selective Service Card, Voter Registration Card, Passport, any form of Photo ID issued by a governmental agency, or banking records. All of these examples must reflect the new name exactly as you would want it issued.

  • If your name changed by permission of court you must provide a Certified Copy of the Court Order and your current PA Driver's License or current PA State ID and Vehicle Registration Card or Title. (ie; becoming a US Citizen, Adoption)

When changing the Vehicle Title you will automatically receive a corrected Registration Card reflecting the new name.

Note - all above paperwork will be submitted to PennDot and take approximately 7-10 days for processing. State and Service Fees will apply.

ADDRESS CHANGES

Please bring your valid PA drivers license or state ID along with basic vehicle information (ie. title, VIN or tag #).

ANTIQUE & CLASSIC VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS

  • Antique and classic registration plates are permanent and are issued for the life of the vehicle while it is owned by the present owner. You will need four color photographs (front, back & both sides) of the vehicle with the windows up. In addition, you will need to bring the title for the vehicle along with a valid PA drivers license or Photo ID, along with proof of insurance on the specific vehicle.

  • Antique Motor Vehicle – A motor vehicle, but not a reproduction thereof, manufactured more than 25 years prior to the current year which has been maintained in or restored to a condition which is substantially in conformance with manufacturer specifications. This type of registration is not for general daily use.

  • Classic Motor Vehicle – A motor vehicle, but not a reproduction thereof, manufactured at least 15 years prior to the current year which has been maintained in or restored to a condition which is substantially in conformity with manufacturer specifications and appearance.

HANDICAP PLACARD/PLATE

Handicap Placard (hangs on rearview mirror)


Types of placard applications are: permanent, temporary, severely disabled veteran placard, renewal, replacement, change of name and/or address. Permanent placards need renewed every five years. Temporary placards are good for no more than six months.


Applicant Eligibility Requirements for a placard include:

  • Blind

  • Does not have full use of an arm or both legs

  • Cannot walk 200 ft without stopping to rest

  • Cannot walk without the use of, or assistance from, a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic devise, wheelchair or other assistive device

  • Is restricted by lung disease to such an extent that the person's forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter or the arterial oxygen tensions is less than 60 MM/HG or room air at rest

  • Uses portable oxygen

  • Has a cardiac condition to the extent that the person's functional limitations are classifieds in severity as Class III or Class IV according to the standards set by the America Heart Association

  • Is severely limited in his or her ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition

  • Is a person in loco parentis of a person specified above


We have forms available in our office for your use. Your doctor may also have these forms available. After having your doctor complete the form, please bring in to our office with your valid PA drivers license or Photo ID and we can notarize the form and send using our messenger service. The placard will be sent back to our office within 7-10 days.


Disability or Hearing Impaired Registration Plate or Person with a Disability Motorcycle Plate


Eligibility Requirements are the same as those for a placard application (see above).

For a hearing impaired plate, any person with a hearing impairment verified by a licensed health care provider is eligible.


We have forms available in our office for your use. Your doctor may also have these forms available. After having your doctor complete the form, please bring in to our office with your valid PA drivers license or Photo ID and we can notarize the form and send using our messenger service. The plate will be sent back to our office within 7-10 days.

VEHICLE TITLES

 

VEHICLE REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION RENEWAL - INSTANT

  • Stop in with the state renewal form completed and signed, or with your insurance card and a valid PA drivers license or state ID (note: only current owner can renew with this method)

  • We'll renew instantly by printing a registration card

DUPLICATE REGISTRATION CARD - INSTANT

  • To replace a lost or stolen registration card, only a valid PA drivers license or state ID is required along with basic vehicle information (ie. VIN number, PA tag number, etc). Only current owner may obtain registration materials.

  • If you renewed directly with the state and never received your renewed materials, you may stop in and we'll take care of the replacement on the spot. If it's within 90 days from when you renewed, just our service fee applies (no state fee).

  • If you need to replace a vehicle title, please bring in a valid PA drivers license and any basic vehicle information (ie. VIN or tag #). If more than one owner is listed, both must be present to apply for the duplicate title.

  • We can not replace a plate for permanent trailers, antique, classic or apportion tags instantly. Paperwork to accomplish replacing those specific tags will be sent to PennDOT.

BUYING OR SELLING A VEHICLE

  •  The buyer and seller should meet at our office to ensure the title application is completed correctly.

  • If the car is financed, the certificate of title in your name will be mailed to the lienholder. If the vehicle is not financed, the certificate of title in your name will be sent directly to you.​

ACCEPTABLE PROOF OF OWNERSHIP

Vehicle ownership documents issued by vehicle manufacturers and titling jurisdictions that provide specific vehicle information and used as the legal document to transfer ownership of the vehicle are known as “proof of ownership” documents. The following are the acceptable proof of ownership documents:

  • Manufacturer Certificate/Statement of Origin (MCO or MSO)

  • Pennsylvania Certificate of Title

  • Out of State Certificate of Title

  • Certificate of Salvage

  • Court Order

BUYING A NEW VEHICLE

  • MCO and MSO documents are used in conjunction with Form MV-1, “Application for Certificate of Title.” This form is only available from authorized agents of PennDOT.

  • You will need to provide several items to the agent to complete your application.

    • Please take a copy of your current Pennsylvania Drivers License or Pennsylvania Photo Identification.

    • If you are a business or non-profit organization buying a car, please call ahead in order to find out what documents are required for this transaction.

  • A copy of your current insurance identification card (PDF) is required if registration is to be issued.

SELLING A NEW VEHICLE

  • The seller’s signature is required to be notarized on the Pennsylvania title. The seller’s signature may be required to be notarized on some out-of-state titles. The seller will need to provide the authorized PennDOT agent with proper proof of identification. If the vehicle is owned by a business, the person acting on behalf of the business must be an authorized individual or provide proper proof of authorization to act on behalf of the business. 

  • The seller must indicate the mileage of the vehicle in the appropriate spaces provided on the ownership document. After the title is transferred, the seller must remove the license plate from the vehicle and we can assist you in making sure it is returned to PennDOT.

BUYING A USED VEHICLE WITH A PA CERTIFICATE OF TITLE

  • Pennsylvania Certificate of Titles are used in conjunction with Form MV-4ST, “Vehicle Sales and Use Tax Return/Application for Registration.” This form is only available from authorized agents of PennDOT.​

  • In addition to the Pennsylvania title you will need to provide several items to the agent to complete your title application. More information can be found in the Buying or Selling Your Car in Pennsylvania fact sheet.​

  • You will need to provide several items to the agent to complete your application. Please bring your current Pennsylvania Drivers License or Pennsylvania Photo Identification. You will also need a copy of your current insurance identification card if registration is to be issued.​​

  • If you are a business or non-profit organization buying a car, please be sure to call in advance to find out what documents are necessary for this transaction.

BUYING A USED VEHICLE WITH AN OUT-OF-STATE TITLE

  • Out of State titles are used in conjunction with Form MV-1, “Application for Certificate of Title.” This form is only available from authorized agents of PennDOT.

  • Many times out-of-state lienholders refuse to release the title in their possession to another state unless the lien has been satisfied. Applicants are required to contact their lienholders prior to completing their MV-1 application to determine whether or not the lienholder will release the out of state title to the vehicle owner. 

  • When buying a car which has been titled in another state, the purchaser should check the back of the title carefully. There should be a place for the seller’s signature and the car’s present odometer reading. The seller’s signature may be required to be notarized on some out-of-state titles. It is a good idea to consult a dealer, tag service, notary or the Bureau of Motor Vehicles about out-of-state title transfers.

  • You will need to provide several items to the agent to complete your application. Please bring your current Pennsylvania Drivers License or Pennsylvania Photo Identification. You will also need a copy of your current insurance identification card if registration is to be issued.​​

  • VIN verification is required for out of state vehicles. We are able to verify your VIN at our location or by traveling to yours for a nominal fee. You are also have to have a Form MV-41 completed by a local or state police officer or a state-certified inspection mechanic.

DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE'S UNDERSTATED VEHICLE VALUE PROGRAM

  • When purchasing or selling used vehicles (including motorcycles) in Pennsylvania, many taxpayers are unaware that sales tax due to the Department of Revenue is a percentage of the fair market value of a vehicle, rather than a percentage of the purchase price. When a purchase price is set considerably lower than fair market value – as often happens in transactions between family members – the PA Department of Revenue has the authority to review the transaction to determine and collect the correct amount of sales tax due.