New law in N.J. allows online car sales, electronic titling

New law in N.J. allows online car sales, electronic titling

Ron Dancer

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill permitting online car sales, e-signatures and e-titling was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday.

“The Covid-19 government lockdowns forced a hard look at how car sales are done in New Jersey,” Dancer (R-Ocean) said. “Aside from the pandemic and any possible future lockdowns, it just makes sense to allow businesses to offer customers online sales and signatures. It’s going to make those transactions easier moving forward, and we need to do everything we can to bolster our economy.”

The bill (A5033/S3279) stipulates that New Jersey new and used car dealerships offering online sales and online motor vehicle dealers must have a permanent physical presence in the state. The Motor Vehicle Commission must accept e-signatures and electronically submitted documents pertaining to those sales. The MVC can also implement a fully electronic titling system for new cars and use technology to make titling more efficient for financing purposes.

“Even before the lockdowns, consumers and dealerships wanted the option to purchase vehicles and complete these transactions online. It’s safe and convenient,” Dancer added. “This is a welcome step toward modernization.”