How to Register a Car in Puerto Rico

How to Register a Car in Puerto Rico

Registering a Car in Puerto Rico

This post focuses on the registration process, not the buying or shipping process, and assumes that you already have an unregistered vehicle in Puerto Rico.

Because the island is a U.S. territory, registering a car in Puerto Rico is easier for U.S. residents than non-residents. In Puerto Rico, your U.S. driver’s license is valid. However, any vehicle must be registered within three days of arrival. Puerto Rico has registration costs that are typically around $300.

Registration & Required Documents

Document requirements for registering a car in Puerto Rico (including cars, trucks, motorcycles, vans, etc.) are different for non-residents versus residents.

The following documentation requirements are for non-residents of Puerto Rico:

  • Proof of excise tax payment
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of address
  • Valid local driver license (Puerto Rico)
  • Vehicle title
  • Passport & import documents

Registration takes place after you have imported your vehicle and applied for a local license.

The following documentation requirements are for residents of Puerto Rico:

  • Purchase invoice
  • Shipping documents
  • Vehicle title
  • Driver license

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