Title Transfers in Vermont

How to Transfer a Vehicle Title in Vermont:
  1. The seller assigns the title over to the buyer and provides an odometer disclosure and bill of sale.
  2. The buyer brings the paperwork from the seller to the DMV.
  3. The buyer completes a title and registration application form.
  4. The buyer submits all documents, plus payment for the titling fees.

Continue reading for more details on Vermont vehicle transfers.

New Vermont Residents

Vermont requires a title on vehicles 15 years old and newer. After moving to the state, if your vehicle falls within this classification, you'll need to visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles office to transfer your out-of-state title and register your car.

Bring to your local DMV office:

Your title will be mailed either to you, if you are the sole owner, or to your lienholder, if applicable.

Buying or Selling a Vermont Vehicle

Buying from a Dealer

Typically, Vermont dealers are able to take care of the titling and registration process for you when you purchase a new vehicle. However, some may not be, in which case you will need to visit your local DMV office to title the vehicle yourself.

Bring with you:

Buying from a Private Party

If you purchase a used Vermont vehicle in a private sale, you'll need to obtain the following documents and submit them to your local DMV office:

Selling a Car in Vermont

If you're selling a vehicle to another party, the buyer is responsible for submitting the required paperwork to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

As the seller, you are responsible for turning over the proper documentation to the buyer. This includes:

Gifting, Donating, or Inheriting a Vehicle

Gifted & Donated Vehicles in Vermont

When transferring ownership of a VT vehicle as a gift, the gifter acts as the seller, and the recipient acts as the buyer in the transaction.

The process is the same as that listed for buying a vehicle from a private seller, with the addition of completing and submitting a Gift Tax Exemption (Form TA-VT-13).

Inherited VT Vehicles

The process for transferring ownership of a vehicle when the owner has passed away differs based on a number of different factors—whether the car was owned jointly by spouses, whether it was owned solely by the deceased, whether it was owned by the deceased and unrelated persons, etc.

Please refer to the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles' Death Informational Bulletin for all possible scenarios, and the requirements for each.

Designating a Beneficiary

If you wish to name an heir to your vehicle, submit a Transfer on Death application (Form TA-VT-07) to the DMV, along with your original title and payment for the duplicate title fee.

Titling Fees in Vermont

Here are the basic titling fees and taxes you will owe when titling a vehicle in Vermont:

  • Original title: $33.
  • Title transfer: $33.
  • Clear title after lien removal: $33.
  • Corrected title: $33.
  • Duplicate title: $33.
  • Assignment of security interest to title: $10.
  • Title search: $20.
  • Vehicle tax: 6% of taxable vehicle cost.

Removing Liens from a VT Title

Once you have paid off a loan on your car, you can obtain a clear title from the DMV that removes the name of your lienholder as co-owner of the vehicle.

Send a Release of Lien (Form TA-VT-08) to your lienholder. They should input their information and sign the title back over to you.

You can then send the Release of Lien and a Duplicate Title Application (Form TA-VT-04) to the DMV, along with payment for the duplicate title fee.

Obtain a Duplicate VT Title

If you've lost or misplaced the title to your Vermont vehicle, or you need to change information on it, you can order a replacement through the VT DMV.

Submit a Duplicate Title Application (Form TA-VT-04) along with payment for your duplicate title fee to your local DMV location. You may also need to bring proof of ID and your current registration certificate, so have those on hand—just in case.

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