The car’s title is the most crucial document required in order to transfer ownership of a vehicle from one party to another. This legal paperwork from the California DMV identifies a car and its real, registered owner(s). The certificate of title must be transferred from the previous owner to the new owner when selling or purchasing a car. According to the DMV, the procedure is known as a Title Transfer or Change of Ownership. A pink slip is another name for a certificate of title. A new Certificate of Title is issued and mailed out by the California DMV following the submission of the necessary paperwork.
- Only use a black or blue pen.
- Do not use a highlighter or white-out.
- No strikethroughs, write-overs, scribbles, or tears are permitted.
- Unless you are an authorized dealer, do not sign in the Dealer Reassignment section.
Where do I need to sign the title?
Make sure you sign/print your name precisely as it appears on the front of your title. White-out, scribbles, and strike-throughs should all be avoided.
What if the car has multiple owners?
What if the title has a lien or a bank name on it?
How long does it take to get a duplicate title?
How much does it cost to get a duplicate title?
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Looking to get a California (CA) car title replacement or duplicate? Click here to read about the California replacement title process.