In order to properly complete a New Hampshire title upon sale, follow these instructions:
Seller / Registered Owner Title Transfer
- If there are any liens shown on the front of the title that are not released, you will need to have it signed off by the lienholder, or obtain an original release document from the lienholder. See form RELEASE OF LIEN OR OTHER ENCUMBRANCES at the link https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/dmv/forms/documents/tdmv20.pdf
- Note: Vehicles from years 1999 and earlier are not required to have titles. However, you can still use the old title to transfer ownership, if you have it. Otherwise, see step 8 below.
- Title Transfer. On the back of the title you will fill out completely the upper block of information that says ASSIGNMENT OF TITLE.
- Print the buyer(s) name and address on the lines provided. Enter Date of Sale.
- Under ODOMETER DISCLOSURE STATEMENT 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 box (if any) that says “actual mileage”. If the odometer does not reflect the actual miles on the car, check the box that says “I certify to the best of my knowledge this odometer reading is NOT THE ACTUAL MILEAGE. WARNING – ODOMETER DISCREPANCY”.
- Below the odometer section the seller(s) signs name(s) on the lines provided at the left. Print names on the lines to the right. MAKE SURE TO PRINT YOUR NAME (OR NAMES) EXACTLY as appears on the front of the title below “OWNER(S) 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“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.
- Finally, the buyer(s) signs and prints on the last line.
- Bill of Sale Transfer (for vehicles 1999 and older). Provide a Bill of Sale and a copy of the previous registration. Bill of Sale (Report of Sale…) form is at https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/dmv/forms/documents/tdmv22a.pdf … OR …Provide Bill of Sale and a properly filled out Verification of Vehicle Identification form https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/dmv/forms/documents/tdmv19a.pdf .
- Keep your license plates (If you want to transfer plates to the sold vehicle, contact DMV for guidance).
- For assistance New Hampshire DMV office locations can be found at https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/dmv/locations/index.htm .
Other helpful info about the 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 New Hampshire Title When Selling a Car
Duplicate Title in New Hampshire
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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