In order to properly complete a West Virginia title upon sale, follow these instructions:
SELLER / REGISTERED OWNER – TITLE TRANSFER:
- If there is a lien on the front of the title, it must be completely released and notarized. If not, the title must be accompanied by a notarized Lien release letter that specifies the vehicle’s VIN number.
- On the back of the title you will fill out the upper part under the heading ASSIGNMENT OF CERTIFICATE OF TITLE.
- Enter the price in the first block.
- On the next line print the buyer(s) name and complete address. DO NOT FAIL TO DO THIS.
- Fill in the odometer reading in the space provided (Not required if vehicle is 10 or more years old). 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”.
- The seller must print name(s) and sign on the lines as provided. MAKE SURE TO PRINT YOUR NAME (OR NAMES) EXACTLY as appears on the front of the title. (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. Sign your name(s) on the line to the left of the printed name(s) as indicated.
- Enter Date of Sale in the box provided.
- Buyer(s) signs and prints name(s) in the spaces indicated.
- Keep your license plates. Notify DMV of the title transfer and deliver certificate of registration. You can reuse the plates on another vehicle you own, or receive credit for the unused term of the registration. Regional DMV locations can be found at the link http://www.transportation.wv.gov/DMV/locations/Pages/default.aspx (Note: most communities have available local privately owned license/registration offices that can transact your vehicle business.
- 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 West Virginia Title as the Seller
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