In order to properly complete a North Dakota Certificate of Title when selling a vehicle, follow these instructions:
Seller / Registered Owner Title Transfer
As the seller you will make entries on the middle portion on the front of the title.
- If there are any liens shown on the front lower part of the title, the release section to the right of the lienholder must have been completed.
- Now, in the middle of the front of the title under “Part 1 SELLER’S ASSIGNMENT AND WARRANTY OF TITLE” fill in the buyer’s name, address, selling price in the spaces provided.
- The next section is the “ODOMETER DISCLOSURE” (Required for vehicles less than ten (10) years old). 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”.
- In the next section PRINT the seller’s name (or names) on the 3rd line as indicated. MAKE SURE TO PRINT YOUR NAME (OR NAMES) EXACTLY as appears above on the front of the title below “OWNER(S) NAME”. (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 and date on the 1st and 2nd lines
- If the vehicle is less than nine (9) years old you must fill out SFN 18609 Damage Disclosure Statement and give it to the buyer along with the title. The form is at http://www.dot.nd.gov/forms/sfn18609.pdf .
- Make a Bill of Sale for your keeping.
- Keep your license plates.
A title is a legal document
- 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 North Dakota Title as Seller
Duplicate Title in North Dakota
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.