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How to Fill Out a North Carolina Auto Title for a New Buyer

by Mary Pletcher

When selling a car in the state of North Carolina, you will either complete the purchaser information on the back of your current North Carolina title --- if you are a private owner of a used vehicle --- or provide a titling document to the new buyer, if you are a dealer. The titling process is only slightly different for the new buyer in each instance. The same paperwork, identification and proof of insurance is required. Once the paperwork is complete, the new buyer can obtain their title at any North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles office that offers Vehicle and License Plate services.

Title for a New Buyer Buying From an Individual

Complete the back of the North Carolina title. Include the buyer's name and address, the date of sale, the seller's signature and printed name, odometer reading, notarization and damage disclosure.

Obtain a lien release if any liens remain on the vehicle's title.

Complete a Title Application and have it notarized.

Obtain an odometer disclosure statement and have the seller and buyer sign the statement for vehicles less than 10 years old.

Submit a Damage Disclosure Statement and Declaration of Eligible Risk with your Title Application.

Submit all required fees. As of November 2010, the basic fee for a certificate of title is $40. There is an additional $28 fee for license plate registration. Payment must be in cash or a personal check from a bank that is headquartered or has branches in North Carolina.

Title for a New Buyer Buying from a Dealer

Obtain the North Carolina title, title from another state, or Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin from the dealer.

Complete the Title Application and have it notarized.

Obtain an odometer disclosure statement. Have the seller and buyer sign the statement for vehicles less than 10 years old.

Submit a Damage Disclosure Statement and Declaration of Eligible Risk with your Title Application.

Submit all required fees. As of November 2010, the basic fee for a certificate of title is $40. There is an additional $28 fee for license plate registration. Payment must be in cash or a personal check from a bank that is headquartered or has branches in North Carolina.

Tip

  • The seller is required to have any vehicle purchased from a North Carolina resident inspected before a license plate will be issued.

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