In order to properly complete a North Carolina Certificate of Title when selling a vehicle, follow these instructions:
Seller / Registered Owner Title Transfer
NOTE: Title signatures must be NOTARIZED
- If there are any liens shown on the title that are not released, you will need to have the lienholder complete the release on the title. (If necessary, you can check your vehicle records online at https://edmv.ncdot.gov/MyDMV/MyDMVAccount/Login
- On the back of the title you will fill in the blocked area at the top under FIRST RE-ASSIGNMENT OF TITLE BY REGISTERED OWNER.
- Print the name and complete address of the Buyer(s) on the first two lines provided.
- Fill in the odometer reading in the space provided (Not required for vehicles 10 years or older). 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 box that says “The odometer reading is not the actual mileage. WARNING – ODOMETER DISCREPANCY”.
- Check the “yes or no” damage disclosure statements.
- Enter Date vehicle delivered to purchaser.
- Don’t sign anything until you are with the Notary Public.
- The seller(s) signs and prints name(s) on the lines provided (If more than one name you will have to squeeze them into the space). 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.
- Similarly, the purchaser(s) signs and prints in the spaces provided.
- Have the signatures NOTARIZED.
- Make a photocopy of both sides of the re-assigned title for your records.
- Keep your license plates. You can transfer them to another vehicle.
- For assistance, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office locations can be found at https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/locations.html
Other 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!
Signing the North Carolina Title
Duplicate Title in North Carolina
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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