Mississippi DMV Title Transfer Guide
How To Transfer A Vehicle Title In Mississippi
Since a car title authenticates your ownership of a vehicle, it is essential that you obtain one whenever ownership changes. Whether you are obtaining a new car, used, or inheriting one, you will need to transfer the title to your name.
The Department of Public Safety (MS DPS) handles all the car title needs in the state of Mississippi. Below are a few things you need to know about how to transfer a car title.
What Do You Need To Transfer A Car Title?
For any vehicle purchase, the car title should be legally transferred into the buyer’s name within 7 business days. If you purchase a new vehicle from Mississippi dealers, they will accept and handle the necessary titling fees and information on your behalf.
If you’re obtaining it from an out-of-state dealer or an individual, you have to apply for the title with the county tax collector yourself.
Generally, the title transfer requirements include:
- The current title, the assignment filled in by the donor or seller, and notarized.
- A complete application for the replacement certificate of title.
- An odometer declaration, if the car is less than 10 years old.
- The bill of sale.
- Receipts of paid sales tax.
How To Fill Out The MS Transfer Of Title Form
It is essential to read the instructions before you begin filling out the transfer of title form.
Here is the process you will want to follow to ensure you completely and accurately fill out the required document:
- Turn to the back of DMV title transfer form.
- Under the “Assignment of title by registered owner” words, print your name (buyer) and full address on the correct lines.
- Write in the car’s current mileage on the next line.
- On the next one, the seller(s) ought to sign their name(s). If the car is jointly owned, all partners must fit their signs on this line.
- Then, they should print their names and the date the car was sold on subsequent lines.
- On the next line, the buyer must sign their names, and if the car will be jointly owned, all parties need to sign on this line. Then, they should print their names on the other line.
Requesting A Duplicate Title In Mississippi
In case, you have lost your vehicle title or cannot deliver it to the buyer to transfer ownership, you need to apply for a duplicate title.
That’s because the sale of a car without a properly assigned title is invalid. To apply for the duplicate title, you need to complete the 78-006 form – the application for a replacement certificate of title.
Typical processing time is approximately 4 weeks from the time the DOR office receives your application, but you can apply for the 72-hour fast track title.
How To Transfer A Car Title To A Family Member In Mississippi
Parents, spouses, children, grandchildren, grandparents, partners, and siblings are all regarded as eligible for the family car title transfer. Normally, most of the usual car title transfer procedures and regulations apply. However, the recipient won’t have to pay the car sales tax.
How To Transfer A Car Title When Owner Is Deceased
In the case that the car owner is deceased, the individual named in the will fills out 78-006 title application form at the Mississippi tax collector’s office.
If the title is jointly owned, you’ll need to have it signed by the surviving partner and have a court-validated copy of the deceased will.
If the car owner died without a will, the inheritor needs to complete the Affidavit-Owner Dies Without writing a Will form 78-014. Then, the legal heirs will take the information and form to the office of their local county tax collector.
How To Transfer Ownership Of A Car Without A Title
It’s illegal to transfer car ownership without a title. If you’re buying an automobile without a title, the seller is required to obtain a replacement or duplicate title so that you can transfer ownership.
However, there are a few exceptions to this norm, including when the title owner had passed away, and the next of kin wants to sell the car.
Please note that if you already bought a car without a title, and you want a title bond- contact Title Bureau: 601-923-7640, for more information.
My Car Title Was Signed But Never Transferred. What Do I Do?
If you brought all the title transfer requirements to the office of the clerk, they were accepted, and you never received the new title, you should go back to the office.
Bring with you copies of the bill of sale, any receipts, or any other documentation you might have.
Mississippi Title Transfer Fees
How much is a title transfer? How much does it cost to transfer a car title?
These are common questions that most vehicle buyers ask. In Mississippi, there is a $9 fee for every motor vehicle title transfer (original or duplicate).
A Fast Track title is also available for an additional 30 dollars if you wish expedited processing of your title application.
Please note, a Fast Track Title is one issued within 72-hours after DOR receives your application. Despite being expedited, it doesn’t change any paperwork requirements.
When buying, inheriting, or selling a car, it is paramount to pass ownership by filling out the title transfers. While the legislation may change from state to state, the paperwork and regulations are elaborate to fill out in Mississippi.
Mississippi DMV Hours And Contact Information
For specific questions pertaining to your situation regarding title transfer in the state of Mississippi, to find the MS DMV location nearest to you or for hours of operation, visit the official Mississippi Department of Public Safety Driver Services website by clicking here.