In order to properly complete a Michigan title upon sale, follow this resource guide:
Seller / Registered Owner Title Transfer Instructions
- If there are any liens shown on the title that are not released, you will need to have the lienholder sign the release on the title. Or, you may also attach to the title a lien termination statement from the financial institution (If necessary, you can verify a lienholder by downloading a Record Lookup Request form at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/bdvr154_16269_7.pdf )
- On the front of the title you will fill in the blocked area at the bottom under Title Assignment by Seller.
- Print the Purchaser(s) name, Date of Sale, and Selling Price in the boxes provided. Print purchaser’s complete address in the boxes provided.
- 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 reflects the actual mileage, check the appropriate box. If the odometer does not reflect the actual miles on the car, check the box that says “not actual mileage. WARNING – ODOMETER DISCREPANCY”.
- The seller(s) signs and prints name(s) in the indicated spaces (If more than one seller you will have to squeeze them into the spaces). MAKE SURE TO PRINT YOUR NAME (OR NAMES) EXACTLY as appears on the upper section of the title below “OWNER(S) NAME AND ADDRESS”. (DON’T USE SHORT NAMES OR NICKNAMES!). Where there are TWO OR MORE registered owners listed on the title, the signatures of ALL registered owners are required.
- Print seller’s complete address in the boxes provided.
- Similarly, the purchaser(s) signs and prints in the spaces provided. Make sure this is done.
- Seller inserts information about his new lienholder, if any.
- If possible, you should go together with the buyer to a Secretary of State (SOS) Branch Office to complete the title transfer. Locations can be found at the link http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1640_14837-34560–,00.html
- If you are unable to accompany the buyer, make a photocopy of both sides of the reassigned title. Keep it for at least 18 months. This is your protection against any negligence involving the vehicle after you have released it to the buyer.
- Keep your license plates. You can transfer them to another vehicle.
Be Accurate on the Michigan Certificate of Title
- 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 the Michigan Title
Duplicate Title in Michigan
If your title is lost or damaged, then you will probably need to get a replacement. This is also know as a “duplicate title”. Fortunately, the process for this is not too time consuming and you can refer to these replacement title instructions to get a clear idea of what you need to do for this.
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