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How to Get a Title Notarized Without the Seller

How to Get a Title Notarized Without the Seller

Follow these main steps to complete the title transfer and vehicle registration without the seller present:

StepAction Item
1Gather Documentation
2Complete DMV Title Application
3Provide Statement of Fact
4Pay Applicable Fees
5Submit Paperwork to DMV
How to Get a Title Notarized Without the Seller

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Overview of Title Notarization and Ownership Transfer Without the Seller

When transferring vehicle ownership, both the buyer and seller usually sign the title together in front of a notary. This verifies their identities and legalizes the sale.

However, if the seller can’t attend, you still have alternatives:

  • Provide power of attorney for someone else to sign
  • Apply for duplicate title from the DMV
  • Obtain a bonded vehicle title

Be prepared to file extra paperwork based on your state’s requirements.

1. Gather Documentation

Collect documents like the unsigned title, bill of sale, your ID, vehicle registration, and any other proofs your state needs such as VIN verification.

2. Complete DMV Title Application

Fill out your state DMV’s title transfer application forms fully. Note the seller’s signature is unavailable.

3. Provide a Statement of Fact

Write an official statement for why the seller can’t sign, like being deceased, missing, or unwilling. Have this statement properly notarized.

4. Pay Any Applicable Fees

Pay the title transfer taxes and fees, plus any special charges related to the absent seller per your state.

5. Submit Paperwork

Send your documents to the DMV. If approved, they issue a new title in your name.

States Without Title Notarization Requirements

While most states require vehicle titles to be notarized when transferring ownership, the following states currently do not have this requirement:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

However, some states may have unique processes that serve a similar legal purpose during ownership transfers.

Given that legislation can change, always verify the vehicle title notarization rules in your state by contacting your local DMV or referring to official government websites when conducting a title transfer.

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Steve Momot - Author

Steve Momot - Author

Steve, a seasoned expert in the automotive industry, formerly held a car dealer license in Florida. With extensive experience spanning across car trading and mechanical work, he founded Autohitch. His mission? To guide both buyers and sellers through the intricate maze of car purchasing, ensuring a seamless and informed experience. Outside of the automotive world, Steve has a passion for fishing and capturing the beauty of nature through photography.

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