Notice of Release of Liability REG 138
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When the owner of a California registered vehicle sells or transfers title or interest in the vehicle, the seller must complete a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability (REG 138) and submit it to the department within five calendar days. This releases the owner from civil or criminal liability for any parking, abandonment, or operation of the vehicle occurring after the transfer date. Keep a copy of the REG 138 for your own records.
All of the information must be completed. Incomplete forms cannot be recorded. Once the completed form is updated the record will reflect the transfer information. However, the record is not permanently changed until the department receives a completed application for transfer of title with the appropriate fees from the new owner.
You may also file a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability online.Back to Main forms page