Does Carmax Register Your Car With DMV?

The process of registering your car with CarMax is pretty straightforward.

When you buy a car from CarMax, you’ll receive a copy of the registration paperwork for your vehicle at the same time as your title.

In most cases, there will be no additional fees for CarMax to register your car — but if you live in a state where there are additional processing costs, we’ll let you know during the purchase process.

If you need new registration stickers, license plates or other items like temporary tags or replacement titles and registrations, we can usually help with that too — just visit your local service department.

Your car registration process with CarMax is simple.

  • To register your car, you’ll need the correct registration paperwork. Your purchase advisor will be able to tell you exactly what paperwork is necessary. If you’ve already purchased a car, a CarMax associate in the auto finance office can help too.
  • When it’s time to get a new registration sticker or license plate, simply visit your local DMV office or website. The DMV will provide everything you need, including a new set of registration tags and stickers or license plates—depending on how long it’s been since you last registered your vehicle and where you live.

You can only obtain car registration at a local DMV.

Perhaps the first thing you have to know is that you can only obtain car registration at a local DMV. The best way to find your nearest DMV is to use the website This website will tell you exactly where the nearest DMV is, and all of the details about it such as address, telephone number, and hours of operation.

Once you locate your local DMV office, it’s time to make sure that you are prepared for your visit!

What should I bring with me?

You will want to bring proper identification along with proof of car insurance. You may also need a completed bill of sale or title transfer form if necessary for a new vehicle purchase. If you are registering your vehicle for the first time in California, there are additional documents you will want to bring including emissions test results (if applicable), proof of ownership document from the previous owner or authorized dealer, an odometer disclosure statement (for vehicles less than 10 years old) and payment for any fees associated with registration services.

Does CarMax register your car?

So, does CarMax register your car for you? No—but it does help out with the paperwork. When you buy a car from CarMax, they’ll take care of the necessary paperwork and submit it to the DMV. At this point, you’ll need to head to your local DMV and complete the registration process yourself. You can do this online in some states (Arizona, California, Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Michigan*, Minnesota*, Mississippi*, New Mexico

Can I get my license at CarMax?

  • You can get your license or title at any DMV location. Use Find a DMV to locate the nearest branch office.
  • You can get it at CarMax, as well as on their website, at their stores, or from their kiosks.
  • You can also get it from a company called myDMV, which is basically an online DMV.

You can get your license at the DMV.

Additionally, you can get:

  • A permit at the DMV.
  • To renew a license at the DMV.
  • To replace a license at the DMV.
  • To transfer a license at the DMV.

You can get your new or used car registered and insured with CarMax.

CarMax will help you get your new or used car registered and insured. When you buy a car with CarMax, we’ll make sure it’s registered in your name and ready to drive off the lot.

During the financing process, a CarMax associate will help you with the registration paperwork if required by your state.; If not, they’ll make sure all of the vehicle information is correct so that you can complete your vehicle registration at home.

After signing on the dotted line, though, there are still a few steps before driving away in your new ride: getting license plates and insurance. While these aren’t part of our regular services, we’re happy to help clarify some of the most common questions about registering and insuring a vehicle with CarMax.

Steven Hatman
Steven Hatman

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