A certificate of title issued by the state of Minnesota is a document that proves legal ownership of a vehicle. A title must be obtained when an individual purchases a new vehicle. A title transfer must also be completed when a used vehicle is sold or gifted, or when a vehicle changes hands as a result of the death of the vehicle's owner.
For new vehicles, the licensed dealer that sold the vehicle typically will accept and submit the required titling information and fees on behalf of the buyer. However, buyers wishing to handle the titling independently can do so. Those interested in applying for a new title without the dealer's assistance should refer to the Transfer of Ownership and the Title and Registration Frequently Asked Questions documents on the Department of Public Safety website.
When you purchase a used vehicle, or obtain one as a gift, the title must be legally transferred into your name. This is done by obtaining the following documents, and submitting them along with the appropriate fees to the Division of Vehicle Services (DVS) by mail or in person.
If you are the seller, you have to remove and complete the Recorded Owner(s) Record of Sale stub from the title. Then mail it to DVS or file a report of sale online at the DVS website.
Along with the appropriate transfer of title documents above, you will need to submit the following fees:
In the event of the death of the vehicle owner, the title is often transferred to the heirs or someone else identified in the owner's will. The procedures and fees for this type of transfer are similar to those outlined above. In addition, it is important to determine how the estate of the deceased has been settled by the heir(s).
In some cases, the heirs/surviving spouse may need to complete an Assignment of a Vehicle to a Surviving Spouse/Not Subject to Probate form, and provide copies of both the death certificate and the will (or a notarized statement of its contents), if there is one.
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Appropriate title transfer documents and fees should be submitted to the local DVS office or mailed to the headquarters office:
Driver Vehicle Services
445 Minnesota Street
St. Paul, MN 55101-5160