How to Remove a Name From a Car Title

There are many reasons one may want or need to remove a name from a title, such as a divorce, death, inheritance, selling a personal vehicle or giving the vehicle to someone else, to name just a few. This is also known as transferring the Title. Continue below to find the steps to removing a name from a car title.

NOTE: This process may be different depending on the state you reside in, as each state has dissimilar rules governing titles and transfers; Therefore, be sure to check with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for their requirements, plus any documents you may need. They will also tell you if this process requires notarizing documents and if all parties must be physically present at the DMV to finalize this request, or if this transaction can be achieved through the mail. 

What You May Need: 

  • If you are removing a name due to a death, you will most likely need a death certificate for verification.
  • If it is because of an inheritance, you may need to present the Will as proof.
  • If for divorce, you will need settlement papers.

To Begin The Process:

  1. The person who is requesting the name removal needs to fill out the section of the title which reads: CAR SELLER.
    • The name that stays on the title is thus known as the BUYER. 
    • In addition, check to see if there is a lienholder listed (the entity who owns the vehicle until all payments have been made) as if there is, the person who remains on the title (The Buyer) will be responsible for making the payments on the vehicle.
    • In some states, you cannot alter a title at all if the vehicle has a lienholder. The vehicle must be paid off in full first.
  2. Check to see if you need permission from the other party listed.
    • If you and another person are listed as AND/OR, this gives you the right to alter the title without the other parties’ permission.
    • However, if it states just AND, then you must obtain permission from the other party listed to remove them.
  3. If a signature is needed from the other party listed on the title, have them sign the back signifying they agree with the revision.
    • If they are out of state, you can mail the title and have them send it back to you after they have signed it.
  4. If required in your state, take the title to the DMV and inform them that you want to be the only person listed on the title and you have signed it over. (Sounds weird but this is the correct terminology).
  5. If you have everything in order, the DMV agent will order you a new title with just your name and will also issue your new tags. 

Removing Your Name:

If you want to remove YOUR name from the title, you must sign the back where instructed, to sign it over to the other party listed.

**Do not worry, because the DMV agents will walk you through the entire process!

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