How to Transfer a Car Title to a Relative

by Diana Prince
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A title certificate is used as the official proof of ownership for a vehicle. The Department of Motor Vehicles requires any person purchasing a vehicle or even just receiving one as a gift, to first have the title signed over to their name. Transferring ownership of vehicles is a common process, one which must take place in order to legally sell a car, give it to a friend or relative, or donate it to charity. If you plan to sell or give your vehicle to a relative, you can transfer the car title to their name easily.

Step 1

Fill out the "Transfer By Owner" section on the back of the title.

Step 2

Print your name and address as the seller, the name and address of the buyer/receiver and the date of transfer in the appropriate boxes on the back of the title certificate.

Sign on the "Seller's Signature" line in order to complete the transaction. Once you sign on this line, the vehicle immediately belongs to the new owner.

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