NEW JERSEY – Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado that allows the purchaser of an automobile by private sale to operate the vehicle for a three-day period without a permanent registration was advanced by the Senate Commerce Committee.
“If an individual in New Jersey would like to purchase a used car from a private party, that individual should be afforded the same benefits he or she would receive from a dealer,” Corrado (R-40) said. “Right now, if a person buys a car from a private seller, there is no legal way for that person to immediately drive the car home. My legislation, which was inspired by a letter from a constituent, will change that by providing the purchaser with a temporary registration. This registration will be issued via email and will make the car buying process far more efficient and enjoyable.”
The legislation, S-3512, authorizes a person who purchases an automobile through a private seller to operate the vehicle on the roadways in New Jersey for a period of three days, provided that the vehicle is properly insured and temporarily registered.
To obtain a temporary registration, the automobile purchaser is required to submit information to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) through the commission’s website. Once that information is submitted, the commission will provide the person with a receipt via email which will serve as the temporary vehicle registration. The purchaser will also be given instructions on how to print a temporary license plate from home.
“During the pandemic, when motor vehicle locations are constantly closing, people who purchase a used vehicle privately could wait days or even weeks to drive that vehicle home,” Corrado said. “This common-sense legislation will benefit all New Jerseyans and make purchasing a used vehicle a less stressful experience.”
Corrado’s bill also includes a temporary provision that authorizes the chief administrator to expand the three-day time period to a 10-day time period during the COVID-19 public health emergency.