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There is a simple answer to the question whether you can ship a car with an expired registration, but as in life, very few things are that straightforward.

When you plan to have your car transported, it is always a good idea to have the necessary documentation on hand. However, and here is the answer to the question above, proof of title and registration are not required when you ship a car.

At Nationwide Auto Transportation our consultants will guide you through the shipping process, and in this post we get you up to speed with what paperwork you will need and what to expect when you ship a car

What do you Need to Ship a Car With Expired Registration?

In practise all you need to provide when shipping your car is:

  • your vehicle’s VIN number
  • and to complete the shipping paperwork required by your chosen shipping company. Therefore vehicles without valid registration, or with expired registration, can be shipped. 

But why don’t car transport companies need a title and registration? It seems like such a bad idea that opens up the door to fraud or theft…right? And how does your car shipping company know if they are shipping the correct vehicle?

The VIN number of your car identifies it. Because every single car has a unique VIN number, this is by far the safest way for companies to make sure they are shipping the right car. If you want to ship a car with expired registration it is a good thing to check and insure that your car has the right Vehicle Identification Number by visiting

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Reasons to Ship a Car with Expired Registration

Reasons why someone might want to ship a car with expired registration, or no registration papers at all:

  1. Often, junkyards ship cars for parts only and they may not have all the documents.
  2. If you buy a car from someone across the country, you may only be able to register the car when it arrives. As such won’t be in possession of the title document yet. Cheapest State to Buy a Car: Your guide to buying cars from out of state has useful information for out of state buyers.

A vehicle with expired registration can be shipped, however do not drive if it does not have a valid title. If you get pulled over you could get issued with a ticket. The safest and most responsible way to transport your vehicle is car shipping. Click here for a free, no-obligation quote from Nationwide Auto Transportation.

Shipping a vehicle with expired registration is a fairly simple process. However we make it even simpler by the information provided in this article.

Do I Need Any Documents to Ship my Car?

Auto shipping companies require that you have the correct documentation.

  • Within the United States. To ship a vehicle you will need the original title, registration, proof of insurance and photo identification.
    • Original Title and Registration. The original title and registration must accompany a vehicle when shipping it. Also have written permission from the lien owner if applicable.
    • Insurance. Provide proof of unexpired insurance for the vehicle.
    • Photo Identification. Bring either your unexpired state’s driver’s license, passport or ID.
    • Special considerations. Non-owners need to provide a notarized letter that includes specific information including the Transport Company name. It should also feature the (VIN) Vehicle Identification number of the vehicle being transported, as well as the full name and details of your intermediary.
    • Military. Our website has all the specifics you need to know to get your vehicle ready for shipping: Military Auto Transport
  • Overseas shipping. You will need to provide additional pieces of information and documents.
    • Original Title or registration
    • Insurance
    • Photo Identification
    • Bill of Sale
    • Sales Tax proof
    • Import Duty
    • Original Power of Attorney
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Ship a Car With Expired Registration – All the Info

It is possible to ship a car with expired registration papers, under certain qualifying conditions. What documents do you need? One of our highly trained, and service-orientated consultants are waiting to answer all your questions.

Once the shipping details are agreed on, you make your credit card deposit. Following this we’ll dispatch a fully licensed and insured carrier crew to pick up your vehicle. From here on we handle everything. Once your vehicle has been delivered safely and on time, you will pay the remaining balance.

Contact our customer service at any time. We answer all your questions and concerns. Call 800-311-7073 or visit our website – Nationwide Auto Transportation