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How to Sign Your Car Title in California (CA)

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.

  1. Only use a black or blue pen.
  2. Do not use a highlighter or white-out.
  3. No strikethroughs, write-overs, scribbles, or tears are permitted.
  4. 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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California DMV Information

If your title design differs from the example above, carefully review your title before proceeding. While the signature and printed name fields may be in different places, you must still print and sign your name in the appropriate places.

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