Title Transfer of Ownership

The transferee, before operating or permitting the operation of a transferred vehicle on a highway, shall present to the DMV the certificate of registration and the certificate of title, properly endorsed, and shall apply for a new certificate of title and obtain a new registration for the transferred vehicle.

At the time of any sale or transfer of a motor vehicle, the transferor shall furnish to the transferee a written odometer disclosure statement in a form prescribed by the DMV, usually on the face of the certificate of title issued to the transferor. This statement shall be signed and certified as to its truthfulness by the transferor, stating: the date of the transfer; the transferor’s name and address; the transferee’s name and address; the identity of the motor vehicle, including its make, model, year, body type, and identification number; the odometer reading at the time of the transfer; and that to the best of the transferor’s knowledge, the odometer reading reflects the amount of miles the vehicle has actually been driven or a warning if the transferor knows of a discrepancy. Each transferor and transferee shall acknowledge receipt of the odometer disclosure statement by signing it.

A person may not sell, offer for sale, or display for sale or exchange any vehicle or vessel unless the person is licensed under the Motor Vehicle Business Regulation Act; a motor vehicle auctioneer or holder of a statutory lien on the vehicle who is selling the vehicle through a motor vehicle auction; the lienholder or owner of the vehicle as evidenced by the person’s name being printed by the division on the certificate of title; has lawfully repossessed the vehicle; is lawfully donating the vehicle to a non-profit charitable organization or a non-profit that receives, sells or disposes donated vehicles; or a person lawfully selling the person’s immediate family member’s vehicle. Does not apply to a personal representative, trustee, guardian, executor, administrator, sheriff, government entity, or other person who sells a vehicle under the powers and duties granted or imposed by law.

All other new owners shall title a vehicle by completing an application and presenting to the DMV a properly endorsed certificate of title, duplicate certificate of title, or other document of authority along with any additional documents the division may require to transfer the title.

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