Removing a Lien

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When you take out a car loan your car isn't technically yours until you completely pay off the auto loan. Instead, your lender is considered the legal owner of the car until you no longer owe money on the loan. In order to keep you from acting as the legal owner of the car - and to protect their interests - your lender will put a lien on your car title.

Once you have satisfied your car loan, you will be eligible to have the lien released from your car title. The steps to complete a lien removal vary by state but you can expect to work directly with your:

  • Car loan lender.
  • Your local DMV or motor vehicle governing office.

Choose your state to find specific instructions on how to remove a lien for your vehicle title.

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