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Proof of Vehicle Value

To title or register a vehicle, you must provide at least one primary source document, as listed below, to satisfy proof vehicle value.

Primary Sources (one required) - must be original:

New Car

  • Bill of Sale.

Used Car

  • Actual purchase amount shall be indicated on back of title transfer block.

Note:  In accordance with District law, DMV uses the Fair Market Value for calculating excise tax on used/new cars based on the value indicated in the current National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Business Guide for the Eastern Region.  If the NADA guide does not provide the fair market value for a particular vehicle, the applicable bill of sale shall be used.