When you buy or sell a vehicle, gift a car, or require a name change on a car title after a marriage or divorce, you'll usually need to transfer the title. Click your state to find the cost to transfer titles with your Department of Motor Vehicles or vehicle licensing agency. Find out if you can complete a tag transfer or registration transfer if you've sold your vehicle.
Whenever buying or selling a vehicle, you will need to transfer the title to its new owner. We have compiled the title information that specifically applies to your home state.
If your car is new, most of the required paperwork will be handled by the dealership.
If you buy a used car, you must not only submit a title transfer application, but depending on your state's requirements you might also have to provide an odometer reading, a vehicle identification number(VIN), and a bill of sale.
This is a how to guide to transfer a vehicle's title in your state. It will explain filling out the title certificate to properly transfer ownership.
The state-by-state pages may also provide downloadable title applications. You can find phone numbers, Web addresses, and DMV addresses.
A few helpful tips to remember to check are making sure the VIN on the title matches the VIN on the car, and confirming that used cars are free of all liens. You can find titling fees as well as the steps to take if you need a duplicate title.
If your vehicle title is lost or stolen, or the lien on the vehicle has been satisfied, you may obtain a duplicate title. You will have to provide certain documents (listed below) and pay a fee.
If there are no changes to your title, such as removing a lien or changing ownership, you may apply for a duplicate title online. DC DMV complies with federal regulations regarding the use of credit cards, so to utlize the online services and pay with a credit card, use browsers with minimum version requirements, such as:
- Mozilla Firefoz 27, released in 2014
- Safari 7, released in 2013
- Internet Explorer 11, released in 2013
- Google Chrome 22, released in 2012
- iOS 5, released in 2011.
You may apply for a duplicate title at the link below:
You can also mail the documents and fee to:
PO Box 90120
Washington, DC 20090
Or, you can visit a DC DMV service center with the required documents and fee. Information on DC DMV service centers is available at the link below:
If your vehicle title has been lost or stolen, you will need the following documents:
- Valid photo identification of vehicle owner(s)
- A copy of the valid driver license or identification card credential for the owner of the vehicle.
- A Vehicle Power of Attorney form if you are not the owner, but requesting the duplicate title for the owner. The Vehicle Power of Attorney form is available at the link below:
- Vehicle Power of Attorney Form
- Vehicle information—at least one of the following items to identify your vehicle:
- Vehicle renewal notice
- Vehicle registration
- Vehicle identification number
- DC DMV title number
- Vehicle tag number
To obtain a duplicate title once a lien has been satisfied, you will have to submit or bring to a DC DMV service center the documents listed above, and any one of the following documents:
- Letter of financing on company letterhead stating that the lien is satisfied
- Loan agreement stamped “paid” by the financial institution and certified by an appropriate party
- Title stamped with lien release from the financial institution
Dealers may request duplicate titles on behalf of customers by providing the following documentation and paying the appropriate fee, either by mail or in person at a DC DMV service center:
To replace a title and/or request a change of name or change of address, please bring in the supporting documentation. Information on name and address changes is available at the links below:
To replace an existing DC DMV title due to an incorrect vehicle identification number (VIN), you must bring one of the following documents:
- VIN correction from DC DMV inspection station
- VIN correction letter on letterhead from another state's motor vehicle agency
Information on titles for salvage vehicles is available at the link below:
All duplicate titles will be mailed to the primary owner within 10 business days of processing. Titles are not issued over the counter.