Multiple Owners

Legal Status

When ownership of the vehicle is in more than one name, the Legal Status (“OR”, “AND”, “AND/OR”) determines which signatures will be required to transfer ownership of the vehicle, license plates and/or fees; to apply for a refund; or to record loan information.

Legal Status Description
OR

Ownership is joint tenancy, with an expressed intent that either of the owners has full authority to transfer ownership, license plates and/or fees, or to record loan information.

Example: JOHN DOE OR JOE ROSS

Signatures Needed:

  • When selling a vehicle, the signature of either party will be accepted. Both signatures are not required.
  • When applying for a certificate of title, the signatures of both parties will be required and both parties must sign the Legal Status boxes on the Title and Registration Application.

In the event of the death of either party, only the surviving owner can transfer the vehicle to another individual or entity. A death certificate is not needed, and a Non-Probate Affidavit is not acceptable to transfer the deceased owner’s interest in the vehicle when there is a surviving owner.

AND

Ownership is tenancy in common.

Example: JOHN DOE AND JOE ROSS

Signatures Needed:

  • When selling a vehicle, the signatures of both parties will be required.
  • When applying for a certificate of title, the signatures of both parties will be required.

In event of the death of either party, the interest of the deceased party must be handled by probate action, or by completing a Non-Probate Affidavit.

AND/OR

Ownership is joint tenancy with right of survivorship.

Example: JOHN DOE AND/OR JOE ROSS

Signatures Needed:

  • When selling the vehicle, the signatures of both parties will be required.
  • When applying for a certificate of title, the signatures of both parties will be required.

In the event of the death of either party, the survivor will need to provide a death certificate for the deceased owner and then may sign alone when selling the vehicle or when applying for a certificate of title in the surviving owner’s name.

Note:  The signatures of the owners who are selling the vehicle must be notarized or witnessed by a Motor Vehicle Division agent.