North Carolina Out-of-State Car Title Transfer
The state to state title transfer process differs in each state.Title transfers are usually necessary if you are moving to another state. The same situation will occur if you are buying/selling a car to an individual in another state.To find information about instate ownership transfers, go here.
If you are transferring a title to yourself from state to state then you will need to prove your status as a resident, as well as fill out the necessary North Carolina title transfer forms. If you are unsure whether you will be living in North Carolina for an extended period of time, you may still have to perform a title transfer. Employment, housing arrangements, driver license changes, and schooling, are all indicators for permanent residency status. Different situations may not require a title transfer, such as caring for a sick relative or travel.
If you are looking to do a cross-state title transfer, where ownership is transferred as well, i.e. you are selling or purchasing your vehicle to or from a different person in a different state, then the process is similar to a title transfer to yourself, but you will need to coordinate with the other person throughout the process.
The title transfer process can be complicated when done by yourself. A number of questions need to be solved before you can start the transfer. For example, do you know if your model requires emission testing? A VIN check? Is your auto insurance valid in North Carolina? The answers to these questions differs depending on your location and type of transfer.
In most cases, North Carolina requires the title transfer to be completed within 30 days. There are quite a few forms to complete so it recommended you start the process as quickly as possible.