Selling Your Vehicle
When a vehicle is sold (or otherwise transferred) you, the seller, are required to
- sign off the back of the title and have your signature notarized.
- give the title to the buyer with any lien release, if applicable.
- complete a sold notice online, or on the back of the vehicle registration.
- remove the license plate from the vehicle and keep it in your possession. The plate belongs to you, not the vehicle.
- transfer the plate credit within 30 days to another vehicle that you own, or request a plate refund.
When you sell your vehicle or otherwise transfer ownership, or end your lease, you must complete a Sold Notice within 10 days and notify the MVD, which you can do online. This notice is your protection from liability for tickets, accidents, etc., that occur after the sale. To transfer ownership, you must also complete the transfer on the back of the Certificate of Title and give it to the new owner.
In addition, you must remove the license plate from the vehicle and keep it in your possession. You may qualify for a credit or refund. To view the remaining credit on your current license plate, see EZ Plate Credit. To submit a refund request use EZ Plate Refund.
Upon sale or transfer of a vehicle, the registration for that vehicle is no longer valid. The buyer must visit any MVD or authorized third-party office to transfer the plate and register the vehicle.
If it is necessary to drive the vehicle to complete this transaction, the buyer must obtain a Restricted Use 3-Day Permit, for private sales, or a Temporary Registration Plate, for vehicles purchased from a licensed dealer.
The Restricted Use 3-Day Permit can be purchased and printed online, or can be obtained at any MVD or authorized third-party office.
For additional information, please see our Vehicle Services FAQ.