California drivers can look forward to choosing an electronic title over a traditional paper title with the use of the electronic lien and title system (ELT). Although dealerships are already using these, purchases and transfers done between private parties can now be completed via this convenient method. Not only are electronic titles more convenient, they decrease the costs of handling, storage, and mailing that are commonly associated with paper titles.
So, what are electronic titles? California’s electronic lien and title system (ELT) is a large database that holds liens and electronic titles. Just like traditional paper titles, electronic titles show ownership and are just as legally binding. Besides the benefits mentioned above, electronic titles also:
- Minimizes the chance of fraud and cost of replacing a paper title
- Reduces overall costs, paper usage, and storage needs
ELT ID Numbers
Once a California resident is approved for the program, they will be given an ELT ID number. Every ELT ID is made up of a 3-position identification number. This ELT ID number is used to recognize your approved use of the program when you’re either buying or selling a vehicle.
Acquiring an Electronic Title
The same documents that are required to register for a paper title will be used to acquire an electronic title. From the data entry to the processing, all the steps will be handled in the same manner. However, instead of receiving a paper title, California drivers will receive an electronic notification once they register a vehicle or renew the vehicle’s registration. To acquire an electronic title:
- Click here to obtain your new electronic title.
- Make sure you have your driver license/identification card number and payment for the transaction (credit card / e-check).
- Complete and submit all the necessary eForms.
That’s it! Once the process is completed, you will be notified electronically.