Seller / Registered Owner Title Transfer Instructions
In order to properly complete an Illinois title upon sale, follow this step-by-step guide.
- If there are liens shown on the front of your title, they must be released (Normal practice is for the lienholder to send you the title only after the lien is paid off). You can check status of liens online at http://www.ilsos.gov/regstatus/index.jsp
- On the front of the title, you will complete the bottom block called ASSIGNMENT OF TITLE.
- On the first line print the buyer(s) name and address.
- Fill in the odometer reading in the space provided. Enter your mileage EXACTLY AS IT APPEARS ON YOUR ODOMETER. DO NOT INCLUDE “TENTHS”. If the odometer does not reflect the actual miles on the car, check the box that says “The odometer reading is not the actual mileage. WARNING – ODOMETER DISCREPANCY”.
- The seller(s) then signs name(s) on the line provided, and prints name(s) on the line provided beneath the signatures. MAKE SURE TO PRINT YOUR NAME (OR NAMES) EXACTLY as appears on the upper part of the title below “OWNER(S) NAME AND ADDRESS.” If more than one, you will have to squeezes them in (DON’T USE SHORT NAMES OR NICKNAMES!). Where there are TWO registered owners listed on the title, the signatures and printed names of BOTH registered owners are required.
- Enter the DATE of SALE.
- Finally, the Buyer(s) signs and print name(s) on the last line.
- Don’t make any entries on the back of the title.
- Immediately mail a Seller’s Report of Sale to the Secretary of State. This ensures that your responsibility for the vehicle is released. Use the form at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/vsd703.pdf . Make a copy for your records.
- Keep your license plates. You can transfer plates to another of your vehicles. If not, return them to a Secretary of State Facility. Locations can be found at https://www.ilsos.gov/facilityfinder/facility
Illinois 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!
Signing the Illinois Title as the Seller of a Vehicle
Title Replacement / Duplicate Titles
Check out the Illinois lost and damaged title guide for replacement titles.This is often referred to as a duplicate title. If you are the registered owner or have power of attorney for the owner of the vehicle, then it is possible to get a replacement title if needed.
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