How to Remove a Name From a Car Title

by Emilia Lamberto

Sometimes situations arise when there are two names on a title and one name needs to be removed. Often, it requires the other person's permission; in other situations it simply requires the title to be taken to the Department of Motor Vehicles. It is possible to get this name removed, but there are a number of steps that must be taken.

Take a look at the title. If the title says your name and then "AND/OR" the other person's name, you can title it yourself without the other person's permission or signature. If it simply says "AND" the other person's name, you will have to have his or her permission.

Contact the person whose name you wish to remove from the title. Ask for permission to remove his or her name. The person must agree to have the name removed.

Send the title in the mail to the person whose name you are removing. He or she must sign the back of the title over to you and mail it back to you.

Go to your local Department of Motor Vehicles. Explain that you need the title put in only your name and that you have it signed over. You will need to get a new title with only your name on it as well as new tags.

Tip

  • check If it is you who wants your name removed, you must sign the back of the title over to the other person listed on the title.

Warning

  • close You cannot remove a name from the title until the car is paid off if it is financed.

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About the Author

Since 2007, Emilia Lamberto has been a professional writer specializing in home and garden, beauty, interior decorating and personal relationships. Her work has appeared in various online publications. Lamberto owns two blogs, one which provides readers with freelance job opportunities and one which covers beauty advice and product reviews.