Paperwork When Selling a Car in Virginia
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Next, remove your license plates. If you have purchased another vehicle, you can transfer the plates to it. If not, you can return them to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or destroy and dispose of them yourself.
If there is a full six months or more left on your registration, you may qualify for a prorated refund, and you will need to turn in the plates to the DMV. Complete the Application for Vehicle Registration Refund and mail it in with your license plates. Let the DMV know that the plates are inactive.
Can't be done. A title is mandatory.
You must apply for a duplicate title before any transaction can be completed. You can do this online or visit any DMV office and complete an Application for Supplemental and Transfer Liens or Replacement and Substitute Titles. A replacement title costs $5, or $10 with changes to either your name or your address.
If you have more questions, call (888) 337-4782.
Not an issue. A registration card is not required to sell a vehicle.
You must notify the DMV after selling or donating your vehicle. You can do this online or by phone at (866) 368-5463 or (800) 435-5137.
You must also alert your insurance company. Be sure, however, to also notify the DMV. If not, you can face possible legal issues with the police.
Though a bill of sale is not required, you should still to keep a copy on file. You never know if you may need it. You can easily download this document from our Bill of Sale page.
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