Title Transfers

Request a title transfer.

Before you begin:

  1. Have the California Certificate of Title on hand. If you do not have the title, complete an Application for Replacement or Transfer of Title (REG 227). You will need to mail the Certificate of Title to DMV. We will give you the address later in the transaction.

  2. Make sure the title has been signed by the buyer(s), seller(s), and lienholder (if applicable). If your title has not been signed by all required parties, you may not request a title transfer through DMV Virtual Office.

  3. Have the following:

    • Your driver’s license number
    • Vehicle license plate number
    • Vehicle identification number (VIN)
    • Legal owner (or lienholder) name and address
    • Vehicle make, model, and year
    • Purchase date and price
  4. Write the odometer mileage reading on the title (unless the vehicle is year model 2010 or older, commercial with a GVW or CGW of more than 16,000 pounds, or new and being transferred prior to its first retail sale by a dealer).

Please allow approximately 30 days from the day we get your documents for us to process your title transfer.

Additional Information

Title transfer requirements can vary based on circumstances. If your title transfer requires additional information or guidance, the following pages may help answer your questions before you start your title transfer transaction in DMV Virtual Office.

How to Change Vehicle Ownership

Changing Vehicle Ownership FAQ

How to Find the Legal Owner (Lienholder)

Transferring a Vehicle From an Individual To an Estate

Transferring a Vehicle From a Deceased Owner to an Heir (Without Probate)