In order to properly complete a Iowa title upon sale, follow these instructions:
Seller / Registered Owner Title Transfer Instructions in Iowa
In addition to the title you will need several other forms. These can be obtained at one of the MVD locations which can be found at http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/locations.html or printed online from the links given below:
- First, make sure the title is clear. If there are “Security Interests” on the lower section of the front of the title, they must be signed off by the County Treasurer.
- Now, on the back of the title begin at the top. Under “ASSIGNMENT OF TITLE” print the name and address of the buyer
- Just below that, enter your mileage in the space provided EXACTLY AS IT APPEARS ON YOUR ODOMETER. DO NOT INCLUDE “TENTHS”. If the odometer is the actual mileage, check the box below by “actual mileage”. If the odometer does not reflect the actual miles on the car, check the box below that says “not actual mileage – WARNING ODOMETER DISCREPANCY”. Then, to the right, enter DATE OF SALE.
- Next section is DISCLOSURE. Check “yes” or “no” to the first question. If “yes” fill out the Damage Disclosure Statement (Form 411108) http://www.millscoia.us/forms/treasurer/DOT_411108.pdf . Give this form to the buyer. You don’t need this if the the damage is noted on the front of the title. However, if “yes” to the second question, fill out the Damage Disclosure form (NOTE: This separate form is not required if the vehicle is more than seven model years old).
- In the next section PRINT the seller’s name (or names) on line as indicated. MAKE SURE TO PRINT YOUR NAME (OR NAMES) EXACTLY as appears above on the front of the title below “OWNER(S)”. (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 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 of BOTH registered owners are required.
- Now sign on the indicated line exactly as printed.
- Below the seller’s printed name(s) the buyer prints and signs in the spaces provided.
- Fill out a separate form: SECTION 2 – AFFIDAVIT OF SALE AND DELIVERY OF TITLE and make sure it is delivered to the County Treasurer. The form is at http://www.co.marion.ia.us/offices/treasurer/forms/411107_AffidavitOfSale-Delivery.pdf.
- Have the buyer sign, for your keeping, the Buyer’s Acknowledgment of Delivery of Vehicle and Title http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/buyingselling/selllform.pdf
- Keep your license plates.
- If buyer is in Iowa, give name of county where car was last registered and expiration date of the plates. If out-of-state buyer, surrender title, and then turn in your registration receipt to County Treasurer.
- NOTICE IF VEHICLE IS TO BE JUNKED. Turn in YOUR title and plates to County Treasurer and get a Junking certificate (Free of charge). Give the junking certificate to buyer in lieu of title, and obtain Buyer’s Acknowledgment of Delivery of Vehicle and Title noted in step 9.
Be careful filling out the Iowa Certificate of Title to a Vehicle
- 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!
Duplicate Title in Iowa
If your title is lost or damaged, then getting a replacement / duplicate might be in your future. Fortunately, the process for this is not too rough and you can check these replacement title instructions to get a clear idea of what you need to do for this. At the time of this writing, the fee for this is $25 with the State of Iowa.
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