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    Selling Requirements

    • Sign over your title to the buyer.
    • If you have over 6 months remaining on the vehicle's registration, you're eligible for a registration refund. Parking permits and inspection fees, however, cannot be refunded.

    Notice of Release and Transfer of Liability

    You must remove the plates (license tags) from your vehicle and return them to the DMV. Failure to do so may make you liable for any traffic infractions incurred by the new owner. Upon turning them in, you'll receive a receipt. Keep this for your records as protection against any possible legal discrepancies.

    You can return your license tags in person, or by mail to:

    • DC DMV
    • Vehicle Registration
    • P.O. Box 90120
    • Washington, DC 20090

    For certified mail, send to:

    • DC DMV
    • Processing Center
    • 95 M Street SW
    • Washington, DC 20024

    Selling Without a Title or Registration

    You must have the title to legally process the sale. If you can't find the title, we outline how to go about getting a duplicate title in our Replacing a Lost Title section.

    You do not have to produce the registration at the time of the sale. However, doing so may facilitate the sale by showing the buyer that you've kept up the vehicle's paperwork.

    Bill of Sale

    Since the price of the vehicle will be recorded on the title, a bill of sale is not required. However, it's always wise to have for one for your personal records. You can easily download a copy from our Bill of Sale page.

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