Transfer Car Title in Minnesota

What Is a Title Transfer?Transfer-Title

A vehicle’s title verifies legal ownership. When a vehicle’s ownership changes, a title transfer must occur. The buyer has 10 days from the day the seller submits the Affidavit of Sale to complete the title transfer. Common reasons for title transfers include:

* Paying off a loan
* Selling or buying a vehicle
* Making name changes on the title
* Gifting a vehicle
* Inheriting a vehicle
* Transferring a vehicle to a family member

Selling a VehicleTransfer-Title

You will make the selling process easier if you can present interested buyers with a vehicle history report. It provides verified information about the condition of your car so you and the buyer can establish a fair price. When you’re ready to make a deal, you must:

* Sign and date the title as the seller
* Record the odometer reading on the title, if the vehicle is 10 years old or more
* Include a damage disclosure if the vehicle is six years old or newer
* Complete an Affidavit of Sale
* Leave the plates on the vehicle

Buying a VehicleTransfer-Title

New Cars
The dealer will handle the paperwork for you.

Used Cars
Do some background research by ordering a vehicle history report on the car you’re interested in before making a deal. It’s also a good idea to check insurance and financing options for that make and model. When you’re ready to make the purchase:

* Fill out the application for title section of the title. Be sure to include your name, date of birth, and address. Do not sign it until asked to do so at the DVS office.
* Bring the title, proof of insurance, and lien release (if applicable) to your local DVS office
* Pay fees

Removing a LienTransfer-Title

When you’ve paid off your car loan, take the following steps to clear the lien from y our title:

* Receive a Lien Notification card of a notarized Notification of Lien Release signed by your lender
* Find the title
* Bring the above documents, plus fee payment, to your DVS office

Transferring to FamilyTransfer-Title

You can transfer ownership to these family members:

* Son
* Daughter

* The giver (or seller) must sign off on the title
* Write "Gift to Child" as the purchase price
* Fill out the application for title section of the title. Be sure to include your name, date of birth, and address. Do not sign it until asked to do so at the DVS office.
* Both parties should bring the completed title to a DVS office
* Pay applicable fees

Note: Only siblings are eligible for sales tax exemption.

Gifting a VehicleTransfer-Title

Recipients of a vehicle as a gift are exempt from sales tax.

* Fill out a Sales Tax/Gift Affidavit
* Have the giver sign off on the title
* Fill out the application for title section of the title. Be sure to include your name, date of birth, and address.
* Bring the documents and fee payment to your DVS office

Remember to register the car when you’re titling it.

Donating a VehicleTransfer-Title

Donating is a good alternative to selling and allows to you help out a charity of your choice. Plus, it will earn you a tax deduction. Consider consulting a tax attorney to maximize your tax credit.

Inheriting a VehicleTransfer-Title

This process can be complicated, so it may be a good idea to consult a probate attorney for guidance.

If you are a surviving spouse with an estate not subject to probate, bring the following to a DVS office:

* Complete an Assignment of a Vehicle to a Surviving Spouse/Not Subject to Probate form
* A copy of the death certificate
* Applicable fees

Inherited vehicles are exempt from sales tax. In all other cases involving transferring the title of an inherited vehicle, contact a DVS office or call (651) 297-2126 for specific information.

Making Name CorrectionsTransfer-Title

Changing a Name

* Complete a title application
* Have proof of your name change (marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order, etc.)
* Bring both documents to a DVS office

Deleting a Name

* If the names are connected by "AND," you must both sign off on the title. If the names are joined by "OR," only one person must.
* The person remaining on the title signs on as the buyer
* Bring the title to a DVS office

Adding a Name

* Sign off as the seller
* You and the person joining the title both sign on as buyers
* Bring the title and proper ID to a DVS office