How To Sign a Car Title: Questions and Answers

Are you transferring a car title or struggling with the signing process? In this guide, we'll look at the process of transferring a car title and answer some of the most commonly asked questions about signing car titles.

Does a Car Title Need to be Signed Before Transferring?

The majority of states require you to sign the title and print your name when you are transferring ownership.

How Do You Sign a Title Over to Another Person?

There should be a section that states "Transfer of Ownership" or "Assignment of Title by Owner", with fields that need to be completed.

How Do I Know if My Car Title is Transferable and Clear?

Firstly, the vehicle title has to be in your name, with no errors and no cross-outs. There must be no liens on the car and you must sign the title as per your local laws. Once you have a legal title, it can be transferred.

If There are Multiple People on the Title, What Should I Do?

If there are two names on the car title, both of them will need to stand it. However, there is an exception for titles that list the names with an "or" between them, in which case only one signature is needed.

How Do I Get a Duplicate Title?

You can acquire a duplicate title from your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The process is much quicker and easier than you might expect.

What Do I Do If My Name Has Changed?

When signing your name, it must match the name shown on the front of the title. If it does not, you will void the vehicle title and may need to require a duplicate.

Do I Need a Title to Sell My Vehicle?

It is certainly a lot easier to sell your vehicle if you have the title and you may also get more money. However, some junkyards and car buying services will take the vehicle off your hands without a title.

In some cases, you will need to supply them with other legal documents, including a driver's license, bill of sale, and registration.

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