New Hampshire DMV Title Transfer Guide
How To Transfer A Vehicle Title In New Hampshire
Do you need to know how to transfer a car title in New Hampshire? Find out all the details you require to get the job done when buying or selling a car in the Granite State.
When transferring a title, the new owner will be visiting the City Clerk’s office in the town where the car will be registered.
The clerk will fill out the Application for Title with the buyer and send it off to the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles.
If you have any questions about your title transfer, contact your local city clerk’s office.
What Do You Need To Transfer A Car Title?
If you just bought a car at the dealership, they will fill out the application for a new title and send it into the DMV. If you bought the car from a private party, you will have to go to the city clerk to have the application completed.
You will need to bring the following paperwork with you to meet the title transfer requirements:
- The original title filled out by the seller and the buyer.
- A bill of sale with the purchase price, odometer reading, date, and vehicle information included on it.
- The vehicle identification number
- Payment for title transfer fees
- Your driver’s license
If any piece of information is missing, the clerk will not complete the application and ask you to return with the right documents. You need to apply for a new title within 20 days of purchasing a vehicle.
How Much Does It Cost To Transfer A Car Title?
Of course, you will want to know how much is a title transfer before you head to the clerk’s office. You will want to call the office before you go as the fee varies from county to county.
DMV Title Transfer Form
The official title transfer form for a new title is a controlled document. Only the city clerk or an authorized car dealer is able to fill out the form, so it is not available for download.
How to Fill Out Transfer Of Title Form
What you do need to know is to make sure that the transfer of ownership is properly documented on the original title.
If there is more than one owner listed on the original title, both must sign, print, and date the seller’s section on the document.
If more than one name will be listed on the new title, both buyer’s must sign, print, and date in the buyer’s section.
The odometer reading must be written down and both the buyer and seller witness the accurate number.
The purchase price should be indicated on the title.
Never erase any name or number on the title or use white out. If you make a mistake, a duplicate title should be obtained before the sale is finalized.
Missing Your New Car Title?
My car title signed but never transferred. What do I do?
First thing to consider in this scenario is whether you waited long enough. It can take up to 50 days for the new title to arrive in the mail.
Was it mailed to the correct address?
If you are no longer at the address where the title was mailed, it would be returned to the DMV.
Was there a loan on the car?
The bank receives the title and will mail it to you once you pay off the loan. If you really believe your title was lost in the mail, contact the clerk’s office where you applied for more information.
What To Do When Requesting A Duplicate Title
You need a duplicate title when the original title is lost, stolen, or can no longer be read. You don’t go to the clerk’s office, but to a county DMV office.
Find the one closest to you with this link. There is a $25 fee for the duplicate.
You will need to fill out the Application for a Duplicate Title and it the car is titled in two names, both must sign the form.
How To Transfer Ownership Of A Car Without A Title
If your car was built before 1999, it doesn’t need a title when sold or registered in New Hampshire. Make sure that the Bill of Sale includes the vehicle identification number, the make/model/year, the size of the engine, number of doors, and passenger capacity. You might want to bring the old registration with you, too.
If you are looking at a car for sale without a title manufactured in 2000 or later, ask the seller to provide a duplicate title before sealing the deal. Be willing to walk away from the sale.
How To Transfer A Car Title When Owner Is Deceased
If you are receiving a vehicle as part of your inheritance, you should expect to provide additional documentation to the city clerk. This might include:
- Death certificate.
- Declaration from the Probate Court specifying you as the recipient.
- A notarized document that permits the executor to sign the title in lieu of the deceased.
Ask your clerk what other forms or documents you might need.
How To Transfer A Car Title To A Family Member
Just like a private sale, you will fill out the transfer of ownership sections on the back of the original title.
Even if the car is being gifted to a relative, they may owe a tax on the current market value of the vehicle upon registration. Bring the signed original title to your city clerk to have the application for a new title to be completed.
If you have any further questions about transferring a car title in New Hampshire, contact your local city clerk for assistance.
New Hampshire DMV Hours And Contact Information
For more information on questions specific to your title transfer scenario, clarification on the title transfer process in the state of New Hampshire, or for ND DMV hours and to find the DMV location nearest to you, visit the official New Hampshire Division of Transportation website by clicking here.
Common Questions About New Hampshire Title Transfer
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