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    How to Complete a Car Title Transfer in Arkansas
    NOTE: The AR OMV will charge penalty fees if the car title transfer doesn't take place within 30 days of the sale.

    New to Arkansas?

    If you are moving to Arkansas, you must complete an auto title transfer and register your vehicle with the AR OMV within 30 days of establishing residency. For more information about registering and titling a vehicle in Arkansas as a new resident, please read our Car Registration page.

    NOTE: You'll need to provide a separate odometer disclosure statement when you register and title your out-of-state car in Arkansas. You may be able to use the Bill of Sale/Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form 10-313).

    Buy or Sell a Vehicle in AR

    Selling a Vehicle

    Need Help Selling Your Car?

    To assure the buyer you're selling a worthy vehicle, you can present a vehicle history report (VHR), which lets the buyer know about any repairs that have been made to the vehicle.

    Follow these steps to complete a car title transfer in Arkansas as the seller:

    1. Complete, sign, and date the current AR vehicle title as the “seller."
    2. Provide the buyer with an Official Release of Lien or Permission to Issue a Replacement Title (Form 10-315) and any other lien documents, if applicable.
    3. Provide the buyer with an odometer disclosure statement if the vehicle is less than 10 years old.*
    4. Provide the buyer with a Bill of Sale*.
    5. Give the buyer all the documents above, including the vehicle title.
    6. Complete and submit a Notice of Transfer of Ownership of a Motor Vehicle in person or by mail to the address on the form.

    * NOTE: Be sure to check the control number on the back of the AR vehicle title. If it's less than 3003001, you must supply a completed Bill of Sale/Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form 10-313). If it's 3003001 or greater, the bill of sale and odometer disclosure statements on the back of the title are sufficient.

    Buying a Vehicle

    New Cars

    In Arkansas, a title transfer for a vehicle purchased from a car dealer is usually a much less-involved process because dealerships normally handle the DMV title transfer of ownership for its customers.

    If however, you need to complete the auto title transfer and vehicle registration yourself, you will need to obtain the manufacturer's certificate of origin. You may want to check with the dealer or the AR OMV office for a complete list of required titling documents in Arkansas.

    Used Cars

    Do Your Research Before Buying a Car

    Used vehicle purchases shouldn't be made on a whim. Spend time browsing affordable used cars and order a Vehicle History Report (VHR) to make sure you're getting a good deal. You'll also need to do some research about car insurance policies before you can register your car.

    To complete a vehicle title transfer in Arkansas as a buyer, follow these steps:

    * NOTE: An odometer disclosure statement is required for DMV title transfers for vehicles younger than 10 years old.

    You'll most likely register the vehicle at the same time as completing the car title transfer. Please refer to our AR Car Registration page for information about registration requirements, such as showing proof of insurance and paying additional fees.

    Gifting, Donating, or Inheriting a Vehicle

    Gifted Vehicles

    If you've received a vehicle as a gift or from a family member in Arkansas, you'll likely need the following documents to complete an auto title transfer of ownership:

    Contact the Arkansas OMV to confirm the documents you'll need. Take all required paperwork and payment for the title transfer fees to your local Arkansas State Revenue office to complete the car title transfer.

    NOTE: You can register your vehicle at the same time as completing your DMV title transfer. For more details, see our Car Registration page.

    Donated Vehicles

    There are several paths you can take when you donate a vehicle in Arkansas. Please visit our page on Vehicle Donations for details.

    Inheriting a Vehicle

    In Arkansas, when a vehicle owner passes away, the vehicle title transfer process will vary depending on circumstances. As a beneficiary of the deceased, be prepared to:

    You may want also want to complete the car registration process at the same time as the car title transfer. Be sure to review our Car Registration page before your visit to the AR OMV office, as you'll need to meet specific registration and insurance requirements, and pay fees in addition to the title transfer fee.

    Remove a Lien from Your AR Title

    Paying off your loan for your vehicle means you can remove lien information from your title. More often than not, your lienholder will handle this process for you.

    Your lienholder will likely send you a completed Official Release of Lien (Form 10-315). To apply for a lien-free title, you'll need to:

    • Visit your AR State Revenue office.
    • Bring the lien release form provided by the lienholder.
    • Provide a vehicle registration certificate, license plate number, title number, or the vehicle identification number (VIN).
    • Submit payment for any required title transfer fees.

    The AR OMV will seek verification of the lien release from the lienholder. Once verified, your title will be sent to you. (If the lienholder does not respond within 10 business days, the Arkansas OMV will issue your title.)

    Contact your local Arkansas State Revenue office for more details.

    NOTE: If you've paid off your car loan and the process doesn't appear to be underway, you'll need to contact your lienholder or local Arkansas OMV office.

    Change AR Vehicle Title Information

    If you've changed your name or ownership of your Arkansas vehicle, you'll need to update your AR vehicle title.

    Contact your local Arkansas OMV office for specific instructions on how to change, delete, or add a name to your vehicle title.

    Visit our page about Changing Your Name for more information on keeping your Arkansas OMV records up to date.

    Car Title Transfer Fees in Arkansas

    The DMV title transfer fee in Arkansas is $10.

    Registration fees, Arkansas state taxes, and local taxes will vary depending on the type of vehicle you have and AR county you live in.

    To find out exactly how much is due in local taxes, use the Arkansas Local Tax Lookup Tool.

    Replace Your Vehicle Title

    If you recently lost your Arkansas vehicle title, you'll need to apply for a duplicate either by mail or in person.

    For complete instructions, visit our Replacing a Lost Title in Arkansas page.

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