An Affidavit of Nonuse – State Form 56164 may be completed in lieu of a timely new registration or a timely renewal registration for a vehicle that will not be used on an Indiana road for a period of at least 90 consecutive days. Upon the timely completion of the affidavit by the registrant and validation at a BMV branch, the vehicle is not required to be registered until the vehicle’s owner intends to use the vehicle upon an Indiana road.
If the owner is in compliance with the requirements stated in the affidavit, the Affidavit of Nonuse allows a person to avoid a registration administrative penalty when the person is ready to apply for a certificate of registration. The Affidavit of Nonuse does not exempt a person from owing registration fees or taxes upon registration.
To be eligible to complete the Affidavit of Nonuse, the vehicle’s owner must meet at least one of the following conditions:
- For new purchases, the affidavit must be completed within 45 days after the vehicle’s purchase date or acquisition date.
- For renewal transactions, the affidavit must be completed on or before the expiration date of the existing registration.
A person who wishes to complete an Affidavit of Nonuse must visit a branch to request the affidavit. Affidavit of Nonuse is considered to be valid and completed on the date that is signed by both the vehicle’s owner and validated at a branch.
The vehicle becomes subject to registration on the date the vehicle will be used upon an Indiana road.