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Canceling a new car title

When the sale of a vehicle has not been completed and it never left the dealership, but the vehicle was titled prior to the actual sale or pending loan approval, you must take the following steps to cancel it.

Important Note: The request must be received within 30 calendar days from the date the title was issued. If it is after 30 calendar days since the title was issued, the transaction cannot be cancelled from the MVC database; the record must be corrected. Please contact the Database Correction Unit at (609) 292-6500 ext. 5058


Complete a request that includes

  • A statement from the titled owner stating that the vehicle did not leave the dealership (include the make, year and full VIN)
  • A notarized statement from the dealer (on letterhead) that includes:
      • Why the vehicle was not sold and didn’t leave the dealers property
      • The make, year, full VIN and owner's name
      • Odometer reading
      • Authorized dealer's signature
  • A notarized statement from the titled owner that states:
      • The make, year and full VIN
      • Why the purchase was not completed and you hold no interest in the vehicle
      • Confirmation that the vehicle was not operated by the owner on public streets or highways.
  • If there’s a lien, a notarized statement from the lien holder (on letterhead) that includes:
      • The make, year and full VIN
      • The name of the titled owner
      • A statement that the lien holder has no financial interest in the vehicle
  • If leased, a letter from the leasing company with the cancellation date if the vehicle was leased
  • The original title
  • A photocopy of the Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (if available).

Mail request with a $60 check or money order (payable to NJMVC) to:

Motor Vehicle Commission
Database Correction Unit
P.O. Box 141
225 East State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08666-0141

For more information, call (888) 486-3339 ext. 5058 toll-free in New Jersey or (609) 292-6500 ext. 5058 from out of state.