Transfer Car Title in Tennessee

What is a Title Transfer?Transfer-Title

The title is a legal document that shows a vehicle’s official owner. Each time a vehicle’s ownership changes, a title transfer must occur. You must complete a title transfer if you:

* Buy or sell a vehicle
* Pay off your car loan
* Transfer a vehicle to an immediate family member
* Gift or donate a vehicle
* Inherit a vehicle
* Need to make a name change on a current title

Selling a VehicleTransfer-Title

If you’re selling your car, consider ordering a Vehicle History report to demonstrate to interested buyers that you are offering a solid car at a good value.

To complete a title transfer with the buyer:

* Complete and sign the title as the "seller"
* Have the buyer complete and sign the title as the "buyer"
* Complete and sign an Odometer Disclosure Statement with the buyer
* Give the buyer any relevant emissions testing information
* Remove your license plates
* Give the title and Odometer Disclosure Statement to the new owner to take to the County Clerk’s office to title and register the vehicle

Note: A Bill of Sale is not mandatory, but it’s recommended so you have your own record of the transaction.

Buying a VehicleTransfer-Title

If you bought the vehicle from a dealership, it is likely the dealer will take care of the paperwork for you.

If you’re buying a used car, make budget your top priority. Shop around for good auto financing options and insurance. Consider ordering a Vehicle History Report so you are aware of the vehicle’s past.

To transfer the title:

* Have the seller complete and sign the title
* Complete and sign the title as the "buyer"
* Verify the Odometer Disclosure Statement before you sign it
* Complete a Bill of Sale with the seller for your records (but this is not required)
* Get emissions testing information from the seller, if applicable
* Make sure the seller removes his license plate
* Get the title from the seller at the time of purchase

Go to the County Clerk’s office with the above documents:

* Proof of identity and residency
* Titling fee of $10.50 plus County Clerk’s fee
* Taxes based on the purchase price
* Your own license plates if you want to transfer them from another vehicle
* Registration paperwork and fees so you can complete both transactions at the same time

Removing a LienTransfer-Title

The lienholder will:

* Submit a Notice of Discharge of Lien or a copy of your title along with the lien release recorded to the Taxpayer and Vehicle Services Division within 72 hours of discharging your lien
* Mail you the vehicle’s title with the lien release recorded

If you wish to get a new title, you can apply for a duplicate.

Transferring to FamilyTransfer-Title

Family members include:

* Grandparents and great-grandparents
* Grandchildren and great-grandchildren
* Spouses and spouses of lineal relatives
* Parents
* Siblings
* Children

To transfer:

* Have the former owner complete and sign the title as the "seller"
* Have the new owner complete and sign the title as the "buyer"
* Have the former owner provide an Odometer Disclosure statement; have both parties sign it
* Complete together a Gift/Low Selling Price Affidavit (Form RV-F 1301201)
* Have the former owner provide emissions testing information
* Have the former owner remove his license plates
* Have the former owner give the title to the new owner

The new owner must visit the County Clerk’s office with the above and:

* Proof of identity and residency
* Titling fee of $10.50 plus County Clerk’s fees
* Own license plates, if transferring from another car
* Registration paperwork and fees

Gifting a VehicleTransfer-Title

This process s similar to any other title transfer process, although the recipient may have to pay taxes based on the vehicle’s fair market value.

The recipient should be prepared to:

* Have the gifter complete and sign the title as the "seller"
* Complete and sign the title as the "buyer"
* Complete a Gift/Low Selling Price Affidavit with the gifter
* Sign the Odometer Disclosure Statement with the gifter
* Obtain emissions paperwork from the gifter
* Have the gifter remove his license plates and give you the title

Then visit the County Clerk’s office with the above and:
* Proof of identity and residency
* Titling fee of $10.50 plus County Clerk’s fees
* If applicable, taxes based on the vehicle’s fair market value. Call ahead to check.
* Own license plates, if transferring from another car
* Registration paperwork and fees

Donating a VehicleTransfer-Title

Donating a vehicle is a great way to give back. It also makes you eligible for a tax deduction. Consider checking with a tax attorney for details.

Inheriting a VehicleTransfer-Title

The process to complete a title transfer on an inherited vehicle varies so it’s best t ocheck with the County Clerk’s office, current lienholders, and maybe a probate attorney for details. However, do be prepared to do the following:

* Locate the title and applicable legal documents, such as the death certificate, will, and documents naming you the power of attorney or executor of the estate
* Complete and have notarized an Affidavit of Inheritance

Go to the County Clerk’s office with the above and the executor of the estate or power of attorney and bring:

* Proof of identity and residency
* Titling fee of $10.50 plus County Clerk’s fees
* Any required taxes
* Own license plates, if transferring from another car
* Registration paperwork and fees

Taxes: If another legal owner gifts the vehicle to you, you may not need to pay taxes and instead would fill out a Gift/Low Selling Price Affidavit with the gifter. If you simply inherit the vehicle, you may need to pay taxes – call the County Clerk’s office or (800) 342-1003 for information.

Making Name CorrectionsTransfer-Title

Changing a name:

* Provide proof of your correct or new name. This could be a birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce decree, or other court document.
* Take the above documents and title to the County Clerk’s office along with appropriate fees, including title and registration fees.

You may want to obtain a vital record as easy proof of your real name.

Deleting a name:

* Both parties need to sign the title. If "AND" joins the names, all parties must sign. If "OR" joins the names, only one party must sign.
* Locate legal documents supporting the name deletion. If this includes a divorce decree, make sure the decree specifically notes the vehicle and its VIN
* Locate any lien information and fill out an Odometer Disclosure Statement
* Go to the County Clerk’s office with the the title, all legal documents, and appropriate fees, including registration fees

Adding a name:

* On the title, sign your name as both the "buyer" and the "seller"
* Have the new owner also sign the title as the "buyer"

Go to the County Clerk’s office with the title and:

* Proof of identification and residency
* A completed Gift/Low Selling Price Affidavit
* Title and registration fees (call ahead for the specific amount)