In order to properly complete an Hawaii title upon sale, follow these instructions:
NOTE: Hawaii has four separate Motor Vehicle Divisions, one on each of four major islands: Honolulu, Hawaii, Maui, and Kaui. Since City/County Honolulu contains about 70% of the population, this title example will be from there. However, office information is given below for each of the four counties.
Seller / Registered Owner Title Transfer Instructions
- If there are any liens shown in Section B (the top section on the back of the title) you will need to have the lienholder complete the release on the title.
- On the front of the title you will fill in Section A – ASSIGNMENT OF TITLE BY SELLER.
- Fill in the odometer reading in the space provided (Not required for vehicles 10 years or older). Enter your mileage EXACTLY AS IT APPEARS ON YOUR ODOMETER. DO NOT INCLUDE “TENTHS”. As applicable, check the appropriate item about the validity of the reading.
- Enter the Date of Transfer, then the seller(s) prints and signs name(s) on the lines provided (a second line is provided for more than one seller. Before the signature(s) MAKE SURE TO PRINT YOUR NAME (OR NAMES) EXACTLY as appears on the front of the title below “REGISTERED OWNER(S) & ADDRESS” (DON’T USE SHORT NAMES OR NICKNAMES!). Where there are TWO registered owners listed on the title, you must check to see if there is an“OR” or nothing listed between the registered owners’ names. If there is an “OR”, EITHER registered owner can sign and print their name using the instructions above. Otherwise, the signatures and printed names of BOTH registered owners are required.
- Signatures must then be NOTARIZED.
- On the back, have the Buyer fill out SECTION D – APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER BY NEW REGISTERED OWNER(S).
- Then give the assigned title to the Buyer. The Buyer will also need the current Certificate of Registration.
- Immediately complete a Notice of Transfer form and mail it to the address on the form (Or county motor vehicle registration office where the vehicle was last registered). The form is available at the link https://www.honolulu.gov/rep/site/csd/onlineforms/cslmvr53.pdf
- It is recommended that you make a Bill of Sale. Include make, model, year, VIN, date of sale, price, current license plate number, name and address of buyer and seller. Both sign.
- Keep your license plates.
- Motor Vehicle County locations can be found according to the following links:
City and County of Honolulu http://www.honolulu.gov/csd/vehicle.html.
The Hawaii Title is a Legal Document
- Do not erase anything or use “white-out”
- Do not cross out or scratch anything out
- Write neatly with good handwriting
- Only use BLACK or BLUE ink
- Use actual names…no nicknames!
- Don’t Make Mistakes!
- Any errors can void the document!
Where to Sign When Selling a Vehicle
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