There are a few things you need to make sure you have in place once you have purchased a new car.
In the US, you require a driver's license before you are allowed to drive. If you haven't got one, or your current licence has expired, you will need to approach your local DMV to assist you in obtaining one. You will need your drivers licence when you go to register or insure your car.
An auto title is a legal certificate of ownership that shows that you own the car. If you have bought your car from a dealership, you will find that most of this paperwork is already done for you. Licensed dealers are required to transfer the title of the car within a few weeks. You will be issued a new title by the DMV. The title will list the current owners name and address, the make, model and year of the car, and the date of sale. When you buy a car, you will need to retain the auto title, as when you want to sell your vehicle you must sign over the auto title to the new owner.
In the US it is a requirement to register your vehicle. Once you have bought your new car, you will need to find a DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) and apply for registration for your vehicle. Registration requirements change from state to state. Typically, you will need the signed certificate of title for the car, proof of insurance, your driver's license, and an address of residence. You also need cash to pay the fee, as DMV's do not accept credit cards.
It is illegal to drive a car in the USA without the minimum levels of insurance required for each state. See our insurance page to view what you need to know about insurance.