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Cross State Title Transfers

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Everything you need to know about transferring the title of your vehicle between states. Whether your changing ownership or moving to a different state.

If you are moving to a new state you will need to transfer the title of your vehicle to let the DMV know you will be a resident/motor vehicle owner in that state. You will need to transfer your title if you are purchasing or selling a vehicle from another state as well. Each state has their own processes and regulations when it comes to administering and recording information. See the form above to receive a detailed guide, specific to your state.

If you are looking for information on transferring the title of a vehicle to a different owner in the same state, see our title transfer page

Rules can vary on a case-by-case basis depending on the car type and your destination. If you are unsure where to start, or would like a guideline to follow throughout the process, we recommend They are a reputable service offering custom checklists and step-by-step guides for title transfers. Each is tailored specific to your situation and location.

In general, the first step in transferring a title is determining if you need to complete the transfer at all. If you are purchasing or selling a vehicle then you will need to perform a transfer. If you plan on becoming a resident in a new state and living there permanently, then you probably need to perform a title transfer. If you are unsure about your long-term plans, then there are a few questions that typically determine residency. Will you be employed full-time? Will you be leasing or renting an apartment? Are you enrolled in an in-state tuition program? Will you be obtaining a local driver's license?

If you have determined that you will need to perform a title transfer there are quite a few steps to take that vary from state to state. Here are a few common steps to keep in mind:

  • Have your original titling documents
  • Find the necessary application forms online
  • Figure out if you need verifications such as VIN checks or emission standards tests
  • Verify valid state auto insurance
  • Pay necessary fees
  • Send in forms

To find out exactly what you need in an easy step by step process fill out the form at the top of the page or visit

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