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Articles in the Registration & Titling category cover info on vehicle services, first-time registration, vehicle registration renewal, title transfers and change of ownership, smog and emissions testing and more for various vehicles (cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, RVs, etc.).

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Change of Address on Vehicle Registration and Titles

by Melissa Crumish on

The whirl of disorganization follows every jump to a new address. Top priorities on your Things to Do list easily get sidetracked. Instead of notifying the utility company you spend hours deciding on where best to hang the framed motivational quote poster. Next thing you know you’re sitting in the dark eating Pop-Tarts for dinner. […]

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The Certificate of Title: Why’s It So Important? by Cara Hopkins on

Your car title is the most important document you possess related to your vehicle. It is proof that you legally own your car and that you are its primary driver. Thus, a vehicle title gives the owner the power to complete a title transfer whenever selling, gifting, or donating the car; it gives the new […]

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Required Forms for Car Registration and Renewal by Melissa Crumish on

Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices are document needy. Most vehicle and licensing transactions require at least one form of some sort. This bears especially true for car registration and registration renewal. Register Car First Time To legally drive you need license plates. To get license plates you must register the car with your DMV. Each […]

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Which Vessels Require Boat Registration? by Nadia Ibanez on

If you live near an open body of water like a lake, ocean, or river, you may be one of the lucky few who get the chance to own a boat for your personal use. Once you’ve picked out your dream boat’s make and model, the next step to take is to register the toy […]

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Boat Registration Requirements: How to Register Your Vessel by Melissa Crumish on

Before raising anchor in your new vessel, be sure it meets your state’s boat registration requirements. Rules and regulations vary by state, but in most instances the following vessels are exempt from registration: Boats restricted to private lakes and ponds. Small sailboats under a certain length (usually 12 feet). Non-motorized canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and rubber […]

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Getting a Duplicate Title With a Lien by Alicia Sparks on

So, you need to replace your vehicle title but the bank technically still owns your car? Don’t worry. Title transfers are a huge part of every motor vehicle agency’s business, so most, if not all, states have a few simple steps in place for replacing a lost title when the vehicle has a lienholder. 1. […]

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Requirements for Replacing a Lost or Damaged Title by Melissa Crumish on

If you’ve lost your vehicle title or if it inadvertently got fed into the shredder, you need to order a duplicate title. Even if your car is not on the market, you’ll eventually need the title for when the day comes to sell. Regardless of what state you call home, all title transfers require vehicle […]

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