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    Paperwork for Selling a Car in New Hampshire

    Once you've sold your car in New Hampshire, the process of transferring ownership is quite simple. All you need to do is complete the details on your certificate of title and the rest is up to the buyer to handle. This page outlines the steps you need to take after you've sold your car and what to do if you don't have your certificate of title.

    Selling a Car in New Hampshire

    To sell a used car in the state of New Hampshire as a private party, the vehicle title will need to be signed over to the buyer at the time of sale.

    Following the completion of the sale, the buyer will need to apply for a new New Hampshire certificate of title and register the vehicle in his or her own name at the town or city clerk's office. This service will come with a $25 title fee, in addition to any registration fees.

    In some circumstances, vehicle identification number (VIN) verification may also be necessary. Refer to this helpful guide for tips to ensure an effective, problem-free sale.

    Required Documents

    Your vehicle's certificate of title is the only form you'll need when selling a car in New Hampshire. However, if the car is title-exempt, you will need to provide a completed bill of sale AND either a New Hampshire certificate of registration (that is either current or expired) or a valid certificate of the vehicle title (from New Hampshire or out of state).

    Signing Over a New Hampshire Title

    To sign over a vehicle title in New Hampshire, you will need to complete the following steps:

    1. Turn to the reverse side of the title and fill in the buyer's name and address, along with the vehicle's current odometer reading.
    2. Record the signatures of both the buyer and yourself.
    3. Give the vehicle title to the buyer.

    Once you have completed the steps mentioned above, the sale of your vehicle will be complete in the eyes of the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

    The rest is up to the buyer to register the car in their own name.

    Replacing a Title in New Hampshire

    If the title certificate for your vehicle has been lost or misplaced, you will need to complete and submit an Application for Duplicate Title (Form TDMV 18) to the NH DMV. There is a $25 fee to get a duplicate copy of your title certificate.

    If there is a lien on record when the vehicle is purchase, you will also need to submit a completed Release of Lien or Other Encumbrances (Form TDMV 20). Jointly-owned vehicles will need signatures from all owners.

    Duplicate Registration in New Hampshire

    You will need to order a duplicate copy of your car registration if your current NH vehicle registration is lost or destroyed. Complete an Application for Copy of Registration (Form RDMV 110) and submit it in person at any local New Hampshire DMV office. You will also need to pay a $15 fee for a duplicate registration.

    Forms for Easy Download

    Application for Duplicate Title (Form TDMV 18)

    Release of Lien or Other Encumbrances (Form TDMV 20)

    Application for Copy of Registration (Form RDMV 110)

    Optional helpful links:

    Vehicle History Reports 

    Bill of sale