In order to properly complete a Montana title upon sale, follow these instructions:
Seller / Registered Owner Title Transfer
Be aware that your signature(s) on the Title and the Bill of Sale must be Notarized
First, make sure your title is clear. Status of “Security Interests” or “liens” are not necessarily up-to-date on your title document. To find out the recorded legal status of your vehicle contact the Motor Vehicle Division directly at https://dojmt.gov/driving/#contact , E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org , or phone (406) 444-3933 . You will need year, make, title number and VIN. If there is a lien shown on the title, then obtain form MV37A from the lender(s) and provide it to the buyer. The form is at https://media.dojmt.gov/wp-content/uploads/9_16-Release-of-Security-Interest-or-Lien-MV37A.pdf .
- Now, in the middle of the front of the title start with the section “SELLER COMPLETES IN INK” (This section runs across the entire face of the title. Older titles list all of the same entries in the same order, but they are stacked down the right half of the document).
- Fill in the buyer’s name, address, and date of sale in the spaces provided.
- The next section is the ODOMETER DISCLOSURE. In the space provided enter your mileage EXACTLY AS IT APPEARS ON YOUR ODOMETER. DO NOT INCLUDE “TENTHS”. Enter the date in the next space. If the odometer does not reflect the actual miles on the car, check the box below that says “the odometer reading is not the actual mileage. Warning – odometer discrepancy.
- In the next section PRINT the seller’s name (or names) on the line as indicated. MAKE SURE TO PRINT YOUR NAME (OR NAMES) EXACTLY as appears above on the front of the title below “Owner Name and 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 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.
- Finally, the Notary Public completes the designated section.
- The buyer prints and signs at the bottom in the spaces provided.
- Make a Bill of Sale for the buyer and also have it notarized (and a copy for yourself). Form is at https://media.dojmt.gov/wp-content/uploads/9_16-Bill-of-Sale-MV24.pdf
- Keep your license plates.
Be Accurate on the 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!
Signature of Seller on Montana Title
Duplicate Title in Montana
If your title is lost or damaged, then you will probably need to get a replacement. This is also know as a “duplicate title”. 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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