In order to properly complete a Wisconsin title upon sale, follow these instructions:
- Titles issued after July 30, 2012 are held by the lienholder until paid off. For titles before that date, 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. Check for current lienholder information online at http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/online-srvcs/other-servs/lien-search.aspx.
- Title. On older titles (rectangular shaped) you will fill in all the information on the bottom half of the front of the title. On newer titles (square shaped) you will fill in the same information on the back of the title – Section 1.
- 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”. Check one of the boxes regarding the correctness of the odometer reading.
- Enter Brand Disclosure information as applicable.
- Enter Selling Price.
- In the spaces where you print and sign your name MAKE SURE TO PRINT YOUR NAME (OR NAMES) EXACTLY as appears on the front of the title below “REGISTERED 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.
- The buyer prints name(s) and address and signs in the indicated spaces.
- >Submit a Seller Notification to Department of Transportation within 30 days. It must show VIN, identity of buyer, sale price and date of sale. This can be done online at http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/online-srvcs/other-servs/seller-notify.aspx
- Keep your license plates. You can transfer them to another vehicle. If not, destroy them.
- For your records make a Bill of Sale. It should include make, year, model, VIN, odometer reading, selling price, date of sale, name address and phone of buyer and seller. Buyer and seller both sign. DMV has a handy form for all this, even though there is no requirement to submit it. You can print form MV2928 off the following link: http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/vehicles/frms-pubs/veh-forms.aspx
- Location of DMV Customer Service centers can be found at http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/online-srvcs/find-dmv/default.aspx. There are also many “third party walk-in” providers listed at http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/vehicles/title-plates/walkin.aspx
- 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!
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