Wow, Wisconsin is way, way different than anything anyone is talking about on here. In Wisconsin, you have to have a title. A bill of sale or a registration or anything like that doesn't mean shit. They'd laugh you right out for saying "I lost the title 10 years ago". Surprised that works in Michigan. On the other hand, no one ever inspects anything. They never check VIN numbers or any of that shit. You go in with a title and come back out with a new one, if you don't have one to bring, you're not leaving with anything. You can apply for an abandoned car title (landlord's title) or a mechanic's lein, but it's a hassle. If it's that easy in Michigan, you should get someone there to title it in their name, and then sell you the title. I sold a bunch of tags to a guy there, now I know why.