In order to properly complete a New Jersey Certificate of Title when selling a vehicle, follow these instructions:
Seller / Registered Owner Title Transfer
- If there are any liens shown on the title, they must be released. If the vehicle is less than 5 years old, this requires two things: A lien release on company letterhead referencing the specific vehicle by VIN, year, make and model AND the original certificate of title stamped paid with the company stamp or signature by an authorized representative of the company. If the vehicle is 5 years old or more, EITHER of the above documents will do to prove the release.
- To transfer ownership, entries will be made on the entire back of the title.
- 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 item that says “WARNING – ODOMETER DISCREPANCY”.
- Print the Buyer(s) name and address on the lines provided (as well as any co-buyer). Buyers must include driver license number on the indicated lines.
- Lienholder information is about the buyer’s lienholder.
- The seller prints name and address on the lines provided. Enter Date of Sale and Sale Price on the lines provided.
- At the “SELLER SIGN HERE” block, the seller(s) signs and prints name(s) in the indicated spaces (a second set of lines is provided for more than one seller). MAKE SURE TO PRINT YOUR NAME (OR NAMES) EXACTLY as appears 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“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.
- Fill in Date of Odometer Statement.
- Similarly, the buyer(s) signs and prints in the spaces provided at the bottom of the page. Make sure this is done.
- Give the title to the buyer. Make photocopy of both sides of the completed title for your records.
- Keep your license plates. You can transfer to another vehicle, or surrender them to any MVC agency or Regional Service Center.
- Locations of Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) offices can be found using their office finder.
Beware of broken links and improperly updated information at the MVC. It’s best to call them and check because at the time of this writing, their website is out dated.
Other helpful Title Tips
- 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!
If you would like to sell your car to a dealer or as a junk car, the process can be more simple when selling your vehicle to Family Car Buyers. We currently provides services in most of Essex County and Newark, NJ cash for cars service.
If your car title in New Jersey was lost or damaged, check out these replacement title instructions for duplicate titles.
Signing the New Jersey Title
Duplicate Title in New Jersey
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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