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Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Arizona

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A title must be obtained when an individual purchases a new vehicle in AZ. 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 Arizona 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 Title and Registration Frequently Asked Questions documents on the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division 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 within 15 days. This is done by obtaining the following documents, and submitting them along with the appropriate fees to the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) office.

  1. A completed Title application.
  2. The current title, with the assignment completed by the seller or donor (signing the title over to you), and notarized.
  3. 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.
  4. If applicable, the original or copy of the vehicle's financing statement or security agreement.


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

  1. $4 title fee.
  2. $8 Registration fee, which varies depending on the office.
  3. $1.50 Air quality research fee.
  4. A vehicle license tax also has to be paid.

Contact your local MVD office for information on the exact fees applicable to you.

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).
For more information on title transfers following the death of a vehicle owner, contact your local MVD office, or call (800) 251 5866.


Appropriate title transfer documents and fees should be submitted to the local MVD office.

Additional Information

  • Contact the local MVD office or go to 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
  • 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.
Submitted by jdub1970 on 3rd May 2016

I am out of the country and

I am out of the country and trying to sell my car via help of a relative. Is there away to do this electronically? The title is clear and is in possession of my relative.

Submitted by Kelly Mohler on 26th Feb 2016

I am buying a car from the

I am buying a car from the mother of her deceased son. The car has been paid off. I can obtain the VIN number from the car. May I get forms from MVD and fill out and obtain a title after paying the $16.00?

Submitted by Leroyb on 10th May 2015

What if I purchase a used

What if I purchase a used vehicle that is broken down, the vehicle only has a registration. And it's registered from Canada?

Submitted by watzername on 11th Apr 2015

i sold my vehichle.. isn't

i sold my vehichle.. isn't there a place I need to go to fill out a paper... I did nto get the names of the people who bought it

Submitted by rossmiller0722 on 16th May 2014

How do i use this??

How do i use this??

Submitted by Kartim (not verified) on 3rd Mar 2012

The department is

The department is inefficient, difficult to work with and in the end will charge whatever they want to transfer a title to another state. Very poor experience with the department overall.

Submitted by (not verified) on 29th Feb 2012

My son is being deployed out

My son is being deployed out of the country (Marines) and will not be here to notarize a vehicle he is trying to sell. Can he sign the title, have his signature notarized and give the copy to me for the buyer? Thank you.

Submitted by csharp (not verified) on 9th Sep 2011

I purchased a used atv from a

I purchased a used atv from a person from Michigan who was original owner.He sighed the title and gave it to me with out it being notarized Title is a Michigan title will I have problems with this getting put into my name.

Submitted by astrawberrypointe (not verified) on 20th Jan 2012

We don't notarize titles in

We don't notarize titles in Michigan so possibly that's why. If it were an AZ title it would have to be notarized but I don't think, being an out of state title, that it will have to be.

Submitted by mxaexm (not verified) on 16th Mar 2013

I will be selling a car soon

I will be selling a car soon that has IL title signed by the previous owner but the title has not been notarized.

Any ideas if the new owner will be able to transfer this IL title to AZ.


Submitted by Anonymous on 25th Mar 2011

Does anyone have a form for a

Does anyone have a form for a State to State transfer? I am a CO resident who purchased a vehicle in AZ, also financed through US Bank. To be honest, they don't have a clue on how to process this.

Submitted by debbie58 (not verified) on 12th Apr 2009

thank you

thank you