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    Transferring a Title in Connecticut

    The CT Department of Motor Vehicles requires most vehicles to carry a certificate of title. This document serves as proof of vehicle ownership. In most cases, the title is needed when transferring ownership via sale or donation.

    New to Connecticut?

    After establishing residency, you have 60 days to register and title your vehicle with the CT DMV. For your convenience, both transactions can be completed during the same visit. For more information on obtaining a vehicle registration certificate, visit our CT Car Registration page.

    The DMV only requires a certificate of title for vehicles model year 1981 and newer. If your car or truck was manufactured before then, you do not need to title your vehicle in the state.

    To obtain a CT title, visit any Connecticut DMV office with:

    • The vehicle’s title properly assigned to you.
      • If the vehicle was manufactured before 1981, no title is required.
    • A completed Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (Form H-13).
    • Proper photo identification (CT driver’s license, ID card, passport).
    • Payment for the $25 title fee.

    The CT DMV will mail the title certificate to you.

    Buying or Selling a Vehicle in CT

    Buying from a Dealership

    After purchasing a vehicle – new or used – from a dealership, the dealer will submit the paperwork to the DMV for registering and titling the vehicle. If there’s a lien on the vehicle, the title will be sent to your lienholder. Otherwise, it will be mailed to you.

    Buying from a Private Party

    You will need from the seller:

    • The properly assigned title.
    • A bill of sale with:
      • Your name and address
      • The seller’s name and address.
      • The vehicle’s make, model, year, color, and vehicle identification number (VIN).
      • Vehicle’s purchase price.
      • Purchase date.
      • The seller’s signature.

    After purchasing the vehicle, you must title and register the vehicle with the CT DMV. Both transactions can be completed simultaneously.

    NOTE: To learn more about registering your vehicle, jump over to our Register Car page.

    When applying for a new title, bring to any DMV office:

    Selling Your Vehicle

    Before selling your vehicle, it’s best to have the title – the process is much easier for both you and the buyer. If you don’t have it, learn how to order a replacement in “Duplicate Vehicle Title” below.

    If you don’t want to wait for a new title to be processed, you may instead hand the buyer a completed Application for Replacement Certificate of Title and Ownership Transfer in Absence of Title (Form H-6B) only if the buyer resides in Connecticut. If the buyer lives outside the state, you must apply for a duplicate title. You will need to have this form mailed to you by filling out the required information in the link above.

    Remove the license plates from the vehicle prior to relinquishing it. You’ll need to return them to the DMV along with the registration certificate. If you don’t cancel the plates, you’ll be assessed a property tax on the vehicle. Also, don’t cancel the vehicle’s insurance coverage until after you cancel the registration.

    Provide the buyer with:

    • The vehicle’s title. Make sure to fill in the reverse side along with your signature.
    • A bill of sale that includes:
      • Your name and address.
      • The seller’s name and address.
      • The vehicle’s make, model, year, color, and vehicle identification number (VIN).
      • The vehicle’s purchase price and date.
      • Your signature.

    Make sure to keep copies of the bill of sale and assigned title.

    Removing a Lien on Your CT Vehicle

    After fulfilling your loan agreement, you do not have to apply for a new title. The CT DMV requires the lienholder to sign off on the title and send it to you, and/or provide you with a lien release letter on the lienholder’s letterhead attached to the title.

    Donating, Inheriting, or Gifting a CT Vehicle

    Donated Vehicles

    After deciding on the charity to which you want to donate your vehicle, you’ll need to sign the name of the charity on the reverse side of the title.

    Make sure to:

    • Remove the license plates.
    • Hand over the assigned title.
    • Turn in the plates to the DMV, or transfer them to a different vehicle.

    If needed, the IRS provides a list of charities qualified to receive tax-deductible car donations.

    Gifted Vehicles

    You may gift your vehicle to any one of the following immediate family members:

    • Mother or father.
    • Husband or wife.
    • Civil union partner.
    • Daughter or son.
    • Sister or brother.

    To complete the title transfer, visit any CT DMV office with:

    Expect to receive the title in the mail following the vehicle’s registration date.

    Inherited Vehicles

    If the vehicle you’re inheriting carries a Connecticut title, the executor or administrator of the estate will need to assign it to you. You may then follow the same title transfer steps described above in “Gifted Vehicles.”

    If the vehicle does not carry a title (vehicles made prior to 1981 do not need titles in Connecticut), the executor or administrator of the estate will instead need to provide you with a completed Request for Report of Sale/Transfer of Non Titled Motor Vehicle (Form Q-1).

    When you’re ready to title your inherited vehicle, go to any DMV office with:

    Expect to see the title in the mail after the vehicle’s registration date.

    Fees to Title Your Vehicle in CT

    • Title fee: $25.
    • Lien fee: $10.
    • Duplicate title fee: $25.
    • Adding lien holder to title: $45.
    • Title record copy search: $20.

    Acceptable Payment Methods

    CT DMV offices accept:

    • Cash.
    • Check.
    • Money order.
    • Credit card:
      • MasterCard.
      • Discover.
      • VISA.
    • Debit card:
      • MasterCard or VISA logo.

    Name Corrections on a CT Title

    Changing a Name on a Title

    Present to any CT Division of Motor Vehicles office:

    • The original certificate of title. Sign and show the name change on the backside of the title.
    • A completed Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (Form H-13).
    • Proper photo identification (CT ID card, passport, CT driver’s license).
    • Proof of name change (divorce decree, marriage certificate, court order).

    Adding a Name to a Title

    To add a name to a CT vehicle title, visit your local DMV office with:

    • A completed Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (Form H-13).
    • The title certificate showing the new name. It must be signed by the owner and both names must be separated by either “and” or “or.”
    • Proper photo identification (CT driver’s license, valid passport, CT ID card).

    Deleting a Name on a CT Title

    Remove a name by visiting any CT Department of Motor Vehicles office with:

    Obtain a Duplicate CT Vehicle Title

    If you cannot locate your certificate of title, you’ll need to apply for a replacement by:

    If the vehicle is 20 years old or less, you can either visit any DMV office (the Putnam office does not handle replacement titles) for immediate processing. You must be the owner, legal representative via power of attorney, or recognized lien holder to receive the duplicate title.

    Or you may mail the above to:

    Department of Motor Vehicles
    Title Unit
    60 State Street
    Wethersfield, CT 06161

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