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  • Title Transfers in Vermont

    What is a Title Transfer?

    Your car title is your definitive proof of ownership. Unlike your license or registration certificate, it does not need to be with you at all times while operating your vehicle. But you do need it when transferring ownership.

    Unlike many other states, you won't be charged with a late fee if you don't title your vehicle within a specific time frame.

    Some common title transfers include:

    • Buying or selling a vehicle
    • Gifting a vehicle
    • Inheriting a vehicle
    • Transferring to family
    • Adding or deleting a name
    • Paying off a loan

    NOTE: Only vehicles 15 years old or newer need to be titled.

    Selling a Vehicle

    Ordering a vehicle history report will ease the selling process. Not only will it help in establishing a reasonable asking price, but it can be used to confirm a potential buyer's doubts about odometer readings, frame condition, repair history and more.

    After agreeing to sell, adhere to the following steps:

    1. Create a bill of sale, and include the buyer's name, your signature, date of sale, the vehicle's year, make and serial number, and the price.
    2. You may also need to sign the back of title showing the buyer's name and address, and also include the date of sale and vehicle's mileage.
    3. Complete and sign an Bill of Sale and Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form TA-VT-05), if the vehicle is 9 years old or newer. (Form is available from the Vermont DMV.)
    4. Complete the back of your registration form and include the buyer's name and address. Do not give this to the buyer.
    5. Remove your plates.

    Buying a Vehicle

    New Cars

    Dealer handles titling.

    If you're still in the deciding stage, ease the search by shopping online.

    Used Cars

    Consider affordability over style, looking for a car that suits your budget. Before inking your name to a deal, you should explore all of your finance options. Be sure to include insurance costs into your finance plan. If you haven't decided on a carrier, you can compare rates at our Insurance Center.

    And it's also wise to order a vehicle history report before agreeing to buy. This will protect you from any concealed defects.

    When you're ready to buy, you must submit the following by mail or in person at any Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) location:

    1. A completed Registration/Tax/Title Application (Form TA-VD-119).
    2. The original certificate of title given to you by the seller.
    3. A Bill of Sale and Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form TA-VT-05).
    4. Payment for sales tax (6% of price you paid for the vehicle).
    5. Payment for $33 title fee.

    Mail to the Department of Motor Vehicles at:

    120 State St.

    Montpelier, VT 05603

    Registration will coincide with titling. Visit our registration page for information on fees and more.

    NOTE: After handing over payment DO NOT LEAVE WITHOUT THE TITLE.

    Removing a Lien

    Your lienholder will mail you a release statement after you pay off your loan. You then must mail the following to the DMV:

    1. Your lienholder's release statement.
    2. Payment for $33.

    Mail to the Department of Motor Vehicles at:

    120 State St.

    Montpelier, VT 05603

    Transferring to Family

    A family transfer can take place with:

    • Grandparents
    • Grand kids
    • Spouse
    • Parents
    • Kids

    If money is involved in the transfer you must pay sales tax.

    Bring the following to any DMV location:

    1. The reassigned title.
    2. A completed Gift Tax Exemption Form (Form TA-VT-13) filled out by the person giving you the vehicle.
    3. A completed Registration/Tax/Title Application (Form TA-VD-119).
    4. Payment for $33 title fee.

    Gifting a Vehicle

    Gift status will be voided if any money is exchanged or a lienholder is involved. Otherwise, you will be exempt from sales tax.

    To complete the transfer, visit any DMV location with the following:

    1. The reassigned title
    2. A completed Gift Tax Exemption Form (Form TA-VT-13).
    3. A completed Registration/Tax/Title Application (Form TA-VD-119).
    4. Payment for $33 title fee.

    To save time it is advisable to register the vehicle while titling. You can find fees and requirements at our registration page.

    Donating a Vehicle

    Donating a vehicle frees you from the hassle of selling, while instilling a sense of fulfillment from aiding a cause or charity of your choice. Visit our car donation page for detailed information.

    To help maximize your tax credit, consider the idea of consulting a tax attorney.

    Inheriting a Vehicle

    Consulting a probate attorney is advisable if you're unsure on how to negotiate through the inheriting process. There are different requirements for different scenarios, as explained below.

    Vehicle Jointly Owned With Surviving Spouse

    You must submit to any DMV location:

    1. A copy of the death certificate.
    2. If the death certificate does not identify the surviving spouse, you will need to complete a Surviving Spouse Statement (Form TA-VT-21a).
    3. Payment for $33 title fee.

    Vehicle Titled Only to Owner or Jointly With Persons Other Than Spouse

    No Will and No Probate

    Bring the following to any DMV location:

    1. A copy of the death certificate.
    2. A letter from an attorney confirming that the deceased died without a will, stating that there is no estate to be probated, and dictating the name of the person to receive the vehicle. If the attorney is from out of state, he or she will also need to proffer proof that he or she is a legal member of the Bar.
    3. The original title properly assigned with "Release of Liens" section completed, if applicable.
    4. Payment for $33 title fee.

    No Will With a Probate

    Here's what you need to provide the DMV with:

    1. A letter from the probate judge naming the executor of the estate.
    2. The original title properly assigned with "Release of Liens" section completed, if applicable. Also section 1 needs to be completed by the executor and other owners, if they exist, transferring the vehicle to the new owner.
    3. Payment for $33 title transfer fee.

    Will With No Probate

    Visit any DMV location with the following:

    1. A copy of the death certificate.
    2. A letter from an attorney confirming that the deceased died without a will, stating there is no estate to be probated, and dictating the name of the person to receive the vehicle. If the attorney is from out of state, he or she will need to proffer proof that he or she is a legal member of the Bar.
    3. The original title properly assigned with "Release of Liens" section completed, if applicable.
    4. Payment for $33 title fee.

    Will With a Probate

    Bring to any DMV location:

    1. A letter from the probate judge naming the executor of the estate.
    2. Original title properly assigned with "Release of Liens" section completed, if applicable. Also section 1 needs to be completed by the executor and other owners, if they exist, transferring the vehicle to the new owner.
    3. Payment for $33 title fee.

    For all situations, you will need to register the vehicle or vehicles. You can do this during the titling process.

    And as the new owner, you must also buy insurance. If you're new to the insurance market, you can compare rates from a variety of carriers at our Insurance Center.

    Making Name Corrections

    Changing a Name

    You must submit to the DMV:

    1. A completed Registration/Tax/Title Application (Form TA-VD-119).
    2. A completed Notice of Legal Name (Form TA-VT-09 (d)).
    3. Depending on your situation, documentation in the form of a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order.
    4. Payment for $33 title fee.

    Before notifying the DMV of a name change, it's always a good idea to obtain a vital record in case there's any challenge to the validity of your documents. Our Changing Your Name page has all the details.

    Deleting a Name

    1. Both involved parties must sign off on the title. You then must list yourself, on the title, as the new buyer.
    2. Complete a Registration/Tax/Title Application (Form TA-VD-119).
    3. Bring the title and application to any DMV location and pay $33 title fee.

    Adding a Name

    1. Sign off as the seller and have the other person sign-on as the buyer
    2. Complete a Registration/Tax/Title Application (Form TA-VD-119).
    3. Bring both documents to any DMV center and pay $33 title fee. Both parties do not have to be present, provided there are proper signatures on both documents.

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