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Transferring vehicle ownership

If you need to transfer vehicle ownership you may do so at any MVC Agency. To ensure proper transfer of documents and to avoid penalties, please follow these guidelines. Business vehicles have different requirements.


If you sold or bought a vehicle
The Seller must:
  • Remove the plates and surrender them to any MVC Agency or Regional Service Center, unless the plates are being transferred to another vehicle (plates can be transferred to another vehicle but not to another owner)
  • Sign the reverse side of the title and give it to the buyer, with:
    • Buyer's name and address
    • Date of sale
    • Mileage odometer reading (see below)
    • Sale price
  • To avoid a $25 penalty, all titles must be transferred within 10 working days from the date of sale
The Buyer must:
  • Sign the back of the title and insert his or her driver license or corpcode number
  • Visit an MVC Agency to transfer title, complete registration and receive your plates:
  • Pay $60 (or $85 fee for a financed vehicle)

Odometer reading
You must provide an accurate odometer reading at the time of sale to show whether it has passed its mechanical limitations and is on a second or third cycle. If the actual odometer reading is inaccurate, the seller must give an estimate of what the actual reading should be.


Transfer of title upon death of owner
A vehicle registered in the name of a decedent may be operated for 30 days after the date of death. All transfers need to be completed at an MVC Agency. You cannot process them through the mail.

If the title is in both the husband and wife’s name:
  • Submit the old title, a copy of the death certificate and a notarized affidavit of surviving spouse (BA-62, Affidavit of Surviving Spouse)
  • Pay $60 title fee (the existing registration can be transferred for an additional $4.50)
If the vehicle was left in a will:
  • Submit the old title properly assigned by the executor of the estate and a Surrogate's Short Certificate
  • Pay $60 title fee (the existing registration can be transferred to an immediate member of the family for $4.50)
To transfer ownership to the estate:
  • Apply for a Corp Code
  • Once received, bring the corp code number, the old title, the Surrogate's Short Certificate, and your license as proof of identification to a motor vehicle agency.
  • Pay $60 (or $85 for a financed vehicle title fee)
  • A new registration and proof of New Jersey insurance in the estate name is necessary if the vehicle will be operated.
If the owner dies without a will:
  • Where there is a surviving spouse, domestic partner, or civil union partner and the estate does not exceed $20,000
    • Title can be transferred to the surviving spouse, domestic partner or civil union partner by submitting the old title with an Affidavit of Surviving Spouse/Domestic Partner/Civil Union Partner with a seal of the issuing office (must appear on the document) of the county where the decedent lived at the time of death
  • Where there are heirs but no surviving spouse, domestic partner or civil union partner and the estate does not exceed $10,000:
    • Title can be transferred to the next of kin by presenting the old title with an Affidavit of Next of Kin with a seal of the issuing office (must appear on the document) of the county where the decedent lived at the time of death
  • Where the estate is worth more than the amounts listed above:
    • The title can be transferred to the surviving spouse, domestic partner, civil union partner, heir or buyer by presenting the old title properly assigned and executed by the Administrator of the estate, along with an Administrator’s Short Certificate with a seal of the issuing office (must appear on the document) of the county where the decedent lived at the time of death

Liens
Liens noted on the decedent's title should be paid before a new title is issued unless the lien on the title is being transferred to the sole owner. Contact your lending institution for more information.


Sales Tax
A vehicle is only exempt from sales tax if the customer indicates on the purchase price that it is a gift on the sales tax form.