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How to Transfer New Title

It's required when you sell a car that you transfer the title, or certificate of ownership, to the new owner. If the title is not transferred in time you can be held liable for the vehicle.


Things You'll Need:

  • Vehicle application form (different in each state)
  • Proof of insurance of seller and buyer
  • Driver's license of seller and buyer
  • Bill of sale
  1. Make sure to have insurance on the vehicle up until you sell the car. Once you sell the car have the new owner insure the car right away. The DMV requires proof of this insurance to transfer the title.
  2. Find your title. If you lost your title, contact the lending institution for another copy. If the lending institution no longer exists, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation can help you obtain a copy.
  3. Go to your local DMV with the buyer of the car to ensure you both complete the necessary paperwork. Some of the requirements may be different depending on what state you are in you may also be asked to show your driver's license, proof of insurance, a bill of sale with the purchase price, the title paperwork, the VIN number and the current odometer reading.
  4. The transfer fee is from $20-$300 depending on the state in which you reside.
  5. Call your local DMV for more requirements since the process of transfering a title is different in every state.

How to Replace a Lost Title:

A vehicle registration can be purchased from the local Department of Motor Vehicles office.

Having a title shows ownership and offers statistical information about the vehicle. The title is required when trying to purchase or sell a vehicle. When a title is lost, it is the owner's responsibility to replace it as quickly as possible. Replacing the title requires requesting a certified copy from the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state where the vehicle was registered.


Things You'll Need:

  • Copy of owner's valid identification
  • Check, cash, credit card or money order for application fee
  • Certified copy of title application

Mailing Application:

  1. Print a copy of the title application, located on the Department of Motor Vehicles' website.
  2. Make a copy of the owner's valid identification. Accepted forms of valid identification include state drivers license, military identification, state identification cards, passport or any other U.S. government-issued photo identification.
  3. Place copy of identification, certified application and money order or check for mail-in fee in an envelope and mail it to the DMV office in your area.

In Person:

  1. Go to your local DMV office in your area. The address can be found on the Department of Motor Vehicle website on in the telephone book.
  2. Complete a certified copy of the title application.
  3. Have proper identification and check, credit card or cash payment for processing fee to the cashier.