Transfer Car Title in Vermont

What Is a Title Transfer?Transfer-Title

The title provides proof of ownership. It does not need to be with you at all times like your license and registration, but you do need it when transferring ownership.

Title transfers include:
* Buying a vehicle
* Selling a vehicle
* Gifting a vehicle
* Inheriting a vehicle
* Adding or deleting a name
* Paying off a loan

There is not late fee in Vermont if you do not title your vehicle in a certain amount of time.

Only vehicles 15 years old or newer need to be titled.

Selling a VehicleTransfer-Title

Consider purchasing a Vehicle History Report to help set a reasonable asking price as well as give interested buyers confidence in your car’s past.

After agreeing to sell, do the following:

* Get a Bill of Sale and include the buyer’s name, your signature, the date, the vehicle’s year, make and serial number, and the price
* If your car is 15 years old or newer, sign the back of the title showing the buyer’s name and address, the date of sale, and the car’s milage
* If the car is nine years old or newer, complete and sign an odometer statement (part of the registration application)
* Complete the back of your registration form, including the buyer’s name and address. Do not give this to the buyer!
* Remove your plates

Buying a VehicleTransfer-Title

New cars
The dealer will take care of titling.

Used cars
Make your budget the number one priority when considering used cars. Shop around for insurance options before making a deal. Also consider purchasing a Vehicle History Report to learn about the car’s past.

When you are ready to buy a car, submit the following by mail or in person at a DMV:

* Completed Vermont Registration, Tax, and Title Application
* Original certificate of title from the dealer
* Odometer Disclosure Statement
* Bill of Sale
* Payment for sales tax (6% of what you paid)
* Payment for $28 titling fee

Mail to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State St.
Montpelier, VT 05603-0001

You will want to register your car at the same time, so prepare that paperwork as well.

Removing a LienTransfer-Title

Once you’ve paid off your loan, your lienholder will mail you a release statement. Then mail to the DMV:

* Your lienholder’s release statement
* $28 titling fee

Mail to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State St.
Montpelier, VT 05603-0001

Transferring to FamilyTransfer-Title

Family transfers can occur with grandparents, grandchildren, spouses, parents, children.

If the transfer involves payment, you’ll need to pay sales tax.

Bring the following to the DMV:

* Reassigned title
* Gift Tax Exemption Form, completed by the person giving the vehicle
* Completed Vermont Registration, Tax, and Title Application
* $28 titling fee

Gifting a VehicleTransfer-Title

If a lienholder is involved or money is exchanged, gift status is voided. Otherwise, you will be exempt from sales tax.

Visit the DMV with the following:

* Completed Gift Tax Exemption Form
* Completed Vermont Registration, Tax, and Title Application
* $28 titling fee

Since you’ll probably want to register the car at the same time, prepare the registration paperwork as well.

Donating a VehicleTransfer-Title

Consider donating your vehicle to a reputable charity to avoid the hassle of selling. You’ll also get the benefit of a tax credit.

Inheriting a VehicleTransfer-Title

Processes vary for completing a title transfer with an inherited vehicle.

If you are the surviving spouse and have joint ownership of the vehicle, bring to the DMV:

* A copy of the death certificate (if the death certificate does not indicate the surviving spouse, you need to fill out a Surviving Spouse/Party to a Civil Union Statement
* $28 titling fee

If the vehicle is titled only to one owner, jointly with someone other than the surviving spouse, or there is no will and no probate, bring to the DMV:

* A copy of the death certificate
* A letter from an attorney stating the deceased did not have a will, that there is no estate to be probated, and the name of the person to inherit the vehicle (if the attorney is from out-of-state, he/she must provide proof that he/she is a legal member of the Bar)
* Original title with "Release of Liens" section filled out, if applicable
* $28 titling fee

If there is no will with a probate, bring to the DMV:

* A letter from the probate judge that names you the estate’s executor
* Original title with "Release of Liens" section filled out, if applicable, and section 1 completed by the executor and other owners (if they exist)
* $28 titling fee

If there is a will but no probate, bring to the DMV:

* A copy of the death certificate
* A letter from an attorney stating the deceased did not have a will, that there is no estate to be probated, and the name of the person to inherit the vehicle (if the attorney is from out-of-state, he/she must provide proof that he/she is a legal member of the Bar)
* Original title with "Release of Liens" section filled out, if applicable
* $28 titling fee

In every situation, you will need to register the vehicle as well as buy insurance.

Making Name CorrectionsTransfer-Title

To change a name, submit to the DMV:

* Completed Vermont Registration, Tax, and Title Application.
* Completed Legal Name Notice form
* Documentation in the form of a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order, depending on your situation
* $28 titling fee

You may want to obtain a vital record before doing this in case there’s an issue proving validity of any of the above documents.

To delete a name, you must:

* Have both parties sign off on the title. List yourself as the new buyer.
* Complete a Vermont Registration, Tax, and Title Application
* Bring the title and application to the DMV
* Pay $28 titling fee

To add a name, you must:

* Sign off as the seller
* Have the other person sign off as the buyer
* Complete a Vermont Registration, Tax, and Title Application
* Bring the title and application to the DMV (only one person needs to be present, given both documents have valid signatures)
* Pay $28 titling fee