Title Transfers

DMV Virtual Title Transfer

Before you begin:

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

  • Make sure the title has been signed by the buyer(s), seller(s), and lienholder (if applicable).

  • Have the following: Your driver’s license number, the vehicle’s license plate number, the vehicle identification number (VIN), the legal owner’s (or lienholder’s) name and address, the vehicle make and model year, and the purchase date and price.

  • Write the odometer mileage reading on the title (unless the vehicle is 10 years old 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).

If your title has not been signed by all required parties, you may not request a title transfer through DMV Virtual Office. Visit the How To: Change Vehicle Ownership (HTVR 32) brochure for more information about title transfer.
*  Please allow approximately 30 days from the day we get your documents for us to process your Virtual Title Transfer.

To enter DMV Virtual Office, click the “Start” button above. To learn more about how your information is shared, visit How Information is Protected or Disclosed.

Additional Information

Title transfer requirements can vary based on circumstances. If your titling needs require additional information or guidance, the following pages may help to 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)