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Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Texas

A title must be obtained when an individual purchases a new vehicle in TX. A title transfer must also be completed when a used vehicle is sold or gifted, or when a vehicle changes hands. A certificate of title issued by the state of Texas 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. In Texas, a vehicle should be registered and titled in the buyer's name in 20 business days to avoid penalties.


For new vehicles, the licensed dealer that sold the vehicle is required to accept and submit the required titling information and fees on behalf of the buyer. Ensure that you receive the receipt for the title with your name from the dealer within 20 business days. Those interested in applying for a new title should refer to the Vehicle Titles Overview page and the Vehicle Titles and Registration Frequently Asked Questions on the Texas Department of Transportation website.


Sale/Purchase or Gift of a Used Vehicle

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 your local County Tax-Assessor Collector's Office:

  1. The current title, with the assignment completed by the seller or donor (signing the title over to you). The title must include the federal odometer disclosure, if the vehicle is less than ten years old.
  2. If the title does not indicate the date of sale and selling price, a completed Bill of Sale, signed by both current and new owner and notarized, is required.
  3. An Odometer Disclosure Statement, if the title does not include this information and the vehicle is less than ten years old.
  4. A Vehicle Title Application signed by the seller.
  5. Vehicle registration receipt from the seller.
  6. If applicable, the original or copy of the vehicle's financing statement or security agreement.
  7. Proof of liability insurance coverage.

If you are the seller, protect yourself from being responsible for the sold vehicle by filing a Vehicle Transfer Notification within 30 days of selling the vehicle. Once this form has been submitted, the vehicle's record will show that it has been sold. Mail the completed vehicle transfer notification form to:

TxDOT Vehicle Titles and Registration Division

PO Box 26417

Austin, TX 78755-0417


Along with the appropriate transfer of title documents above, the buyer will need to submit the following fees:

  1. 6.25% motor vehicle sales tax on the purchase price or the standard presumptive value.
  2. Title transfer, registration, and local fees which depend on the County Tax-Assessor Collector's Office.

Transfer of Title Following Death of Vehicle Owner

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 may need to complete an [ Affidavit of Heirship], and provide copies of both the death certificate and the will (or a notarized statement of its contents), if there is one.

For more information on title transfers following the death of a vehicle owner, contact the local Vehicles and Titles Office, or call 512-465-7611.


Appropriate title transfer documents and fees should be submitted to the County Tax-Assessor Collector's Office.

Additional Information

  • Contact the local County Tax-Assessor Collector's Office if you wish to add, remove, or change a name on a vehicle title for reason other than those discussed above.
  • If there is an existing lien on the vehicle, there will be additional requirements for transferring the title. Contact the local County Tax-Assessor Collector's Office for more information.
  • A valid title provides proof of ownership of the vehicle. However, remember that a title transfer does not entitle the new owner(s) to legally operate the vehicle. For this, refer to the appropriate license and registration information.

Reviews of Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Texas

I just bought a car and got the title but the owner said he never transferred it to his name and the previous owner did not sign the title. Am I still able to transfer the title to me if its not signed?

What do you do if the new owner of my car has not transferred the title and is now racking up tons of charges on the tollways in Houston! The person is avoiding all contact with me now as well. Do I need to hire an attorney? The people at the tollways at talking about how I could be arrested when I am not the one driving the car... I do not even own the car anymore!

How do I add my name to my spouse's car registration?

My partner's father passed away suddenly in the spring. He left no will - the only copy in existence was destroyed at his request at the time of his divorce ten years ago, and he stubbornly refused to draft a new one with the assumption that he had plenty of time (he had ten years, so...) The four children have amicably agreed that my partner is allowed to keep the car in question, and we have the title, but there is no will stating that he can have it. What does he need to provide to transfer the title over to his name, since there is no will to display?

My fiance died last April and I am still in possession of her car. I can't find the title among all of her stuff and she has no immediate family to hand off her belongings to... She has no "estate" per say, no outstanding debts and there was no will. Can I take ownership of the car without a title? It has been on my insurance since before her death. Where do I start?

So I bought a vehicle for $300 from one of my brothers friends. The guy that gave him the vehicle passed away and now I don't know what to do because there is no title nor registration papers but I have the keys and the vehicle. What can I do to get the vehicle registered in my name.

How do I find out which of my deceased grandparents the title of a vehicle is in?

My brother took my father's car when he became too old to drive. Now he claims that he got very little money for it and that money is his. Is there anyway to find out how much he sold it for?

my husband sold our car in texas he only did a promissay note and did not give the guy the title legally who ownes the car and can i get it back he will not be able to title or tag the vehicle correct i want my car

Texas requires you to provide a good title at the time of purchase by another individual. If you are allowing the person to make payments (owner financing it), then you have the right to list yourself on the title application as a lien holder, giving you the right to repossess it in case of default on payments, but you still have to give him/her a title. As a lien holder, you should receive the negotiable title and he/she should receive a non-negotiable title as proof he is purchasing the car. Once the payments have been satisfactorily made, you must surrender the negotiable title to the purchaser after signing the release of lien on the back of the title and dating the release of lien. To sell the car without providing a negotiable title is cause for the purchaser to sue you, and it is a criminal offense in Texas.

How do I transfer title of Mexican owned 18 wheeler trailers to Texas buyers?

I decided not to buy my parents car but I already filled out the Title and the title certificate. I was transfering with the Williamson County Tax Assessor- Collector but the car will probably be sold in around greater-houston. What will be my parents next step to prepare the title for another buyer.

Can i keep my motorcycle personlized plate when sell my bike? thnx

hi everyone,

I'm looking at several cars right now, however one I am interested in has a Mexican title, is it easy to get a new title, and is it more expensive to do so?


I'm trading my 5th wheel trailer for another vech. straight across. Will both of us have to pay transfer fees? If so what fees?

I recently bought a car and the seller told me he would send the car title to my home address. Its been more than 1 month and I have not received anything. what can I do to get another tittle?

My question is similar, but concerns a UTV for use in both Texas and New mexico

There is a car my bro in law name. And i wanna get it from him and put my name on th title. How can i get my name on the title?

i am buying an a trailer from Illinois, that is here in pharr, texas, the owner is trucking co. I have xerox copy of the title, the original is being sent to me, what do I need to do to register it here in Texas. and transfer it to my name.

my nephew brought a car for 1500.00 cash, he can not get a hold of the guy who sold it to him, is there anyway he can register it without the title

I bought a 1964 complete car with a Bill of Sale from a guy. He's assumed to be at an address given me in Selma, Alabama. I was told the car was from Alabama and

prior to the 1970's the State of Alabama didn't issue or require titles of ownership. How do I turn this ownership by Bill of Sale, thru the DMV, into a Texas title?

What to do if you can't get a hold of previous previous owner because the previous owner never got title transferex

You have to go to the last recorded vehicle owner on the title. You can find that out if you don't have the title by taking the VIN or license plate number to your local tax assessor and they can run a TWIX Sheet with the information on it. You'll have to locate the one on the title. If the title was filled out with the name of the one you purchased it from, and you can fill out an affidavit of fact stating the title was wrongfully assigned and should be (then put your name in the blank on the affidavit). You can draw up the affidavit yourself, but you still need to locate the person who is shown on the title as the legal owner. That person will sign the affidavit, and you need the same person to sign a TX 130-U (Application for Texas Title), and make sure they had signed the title previously.

I need to get a new texas certificate of title for my old car, i have misplace my old title. Where do i go to get a new one. Ford Focus 2001.

In Texas, you can apply for a lost title. You can do that in person at your DMV or you can submit an Application for a Certified Copy of Title (form VTR-34 which is available online) You can print the Form VTR-34, fill it out, and provide a scanned copy or photocopy of EITHER your drivers license (front and back) or a valid US Passport, and a check or money order for the applicable fee for the lost title. (See the current form for the fee amount ($2.00 for mail in application, $5.45 if you go to the DMV in person) The fees and the mailing address if you want to do it by mail is on the form VTR-34. You can receive the title back in 7-10 days, sometimes even quicker. I've gotten them in 3 days in the past.


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