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Hotline Tip: Notarizing Motor Vehicle Titles

New Hotline Resized 3(EDITOR'S NOTE: The National Notary Association cannot answer questions about how to purchase a vehicle, sell a vehicle, process a vehicle title or transfer a vehicle title between persons in different states. If you have questions related to processing a vehicle sale, purchase or title paperwork, please contact the appropriate state motor vehicle department for assistance.)

If I am notarizing a motor vehicle title, do both the seller and the buyer have to be physically present at the same time in order for me to notarize their signatures, or just the seller? — H.W., Scranton, Pennsylvania

You not need both parties to be physically present at the time of notarization, but you can only notarize for the person who is appearing before you. The other person can have their signature notarized at another time.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. –The Editors

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161 Comments

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Ashley

24 May 2015

My boyfriend and I bought a car in pa. Not knowing it had to be notarized. We have try to get in touch with last owner and they went back to Michagon state. Need help to get notarized asap .

National Notary Association

28 May 2015

Hello Ashely. We apologize, but we're not clear what your question is relating to notarization. Can you please provide us with additional clarification? Thank you.

Sarah

30 Mar 2016

I am a notary and my husband is buying a vehicle. We are in NC. I know that i should not notarize his signature, but can I notarize the Seller's signature on the title (if he properly appears before me) and have my husband go to an unrelated notary to have his Buyer's signature notarized at a different time?

National Notary Association

30 Mar 2016

Hello. North Carolina prohibits notarization if the Notary will "receive directly from a transaction" a benefit or other consideration exceeding the statutory Notary fee, or if the Notary is a "beneficiary of the record that is to be notarized." (GS 10B-20[c][5] and [6]) In this situation, we recommend erring on the side of caution and having a different Notary with no involvement in the transaction notarize the signatures.

Mmx

25 Jul 2016

Hi, I just got a car from my boyfriend in PA. I am living in NY. But I did't know the title of the car has to be notarized. But now he is out of country for a vacation. The registration of the car will invalided soon. So is there any way I can get the car notarized by myself?? Or we can do this online???

National Notary Association

25 Jul 2016

Hello. Pennsylvania does not authorize Notaries to conduct a notarization remotely with a signer remotely using a webcam or other audio/visual remote technology.

Catharine Dubois

06 Jan 2017

Bought a car from a guy who had his daughter notarized the title in front of me. Upon his depart I observed that the title that was just notarized was not even in his name. It was in a female's name. When questioned, He explanation was that he buys cars from people, let then owner sign the title and resell it and just have his daughter notarized the title. Is this a legal transaction since he never transfer the title in his name and I don't know or met the owner that is listed on the title?

National Notary Association

09 Jan 2017

Hi Catherine. We can't answer whether this transaction was legitimate or not, but if you have concerns about possible fraud you may wish to contact an attorney or your state attorney general's office or consumer protection bureau to see if they can assist you.

Michael Canfield

04 Feb 2017

I am buying a vehicle from a relative who lives in Chicago and I live in North Carolina. He has already sent me the title and everything else all signed but it doesn't appear to be notarized. The original title is from Florida . Do I have to send the title back to him to get him to notarize it there first and then again down here in NC when I receive it?

National Notary Association

06 Feb 2017

Hello Michael. You would need to contact the agency that you will be submitting the title to and ask them for instructions regarding notarizing any signatures.

John

05 Mar 2017

If the title is signed and notarized, would I be able to take the title and transfer it to my name at a notary without the other party present?

National Notary Association

06 Mar 2017

Hello. We're sorry, but that's a question you'd need to ask an attorney familiar with real estate law.

Mishonda P White

07 May 2017

Seller signed off on a title; buyer signed before getting it notarized. Can they still get it notarized?

National Notary Association

09 May 2017

Hello. We're sorry, but you would need to contact a qualified attorney or the agency receiving the document to ask this question.

Sherry Kivin

09 May 2017

Hi, if I have an AZ title am I able to have my signature notarized in NC even if it's being sold to someone in AZ? (Long story...but I'm in NC for a while)

National Notary Association

10 May 2017

Hello. While there is nothing preventing you from having your signature notarized in another state, you should contact the receiving agency first to ask if they will accept the out-of-state notarization.

Yvonne Smith

10 May 2017

I baught a car we signed in wrong places he wrote a letter saying he gives all ownership to me he does not want nothing to do with the car but he left to go back home to his country and it has to be notarized what ca I do

National Notary Association

11 May 2017

Hello. We're sorry but you will need to consult with an attorney to find out what your options are at this stage.

Matthew Walker

24 May 2017

Bought a bike in PA, I live in WV. Here we don't require notarized title, but since it's a PA title can't register the motorcycle until the title has been notarized. Now I can't get in touch with the previous owner, how do I get this notarized? I tried taking it to several notaries and all need this gentleman to be present but he won't answer my calls or call back.

National Notary Association

24 May 2017

Hello. We're sorry, but the Notaries you spoke to are correct. If the signer isn't present they can't notarize the signature. We suggest you contact the agency where the vehicle title is to be filed and ask if there are any alternatives they can accept.

Matthew Walker

25 May 2017

I tried taking to the dmv. They say the titles must be notarized since the state they're from require it. I think all of this is a load s... This whole profession is a joke. Thanks for your time though.

Jocelyn Ramos

16 Jun 2017

I have a friend who bought a car cash in Charlotte, NC from the owner. The owner signed the title, but did not sign it before a notary. The License Plate Agency will not notarized my friend's signature because the seller did not notarize his signature. He lives 2 hours away. Is there anything my friend or the seller could do to fix this?

National Notary Association

19 Jun 2017

Hello. Your friend would have to contact the license plate agency to ask what alternative options they will accept regarding notarization of the signatures.

Bryan Bourne

07 Jul 2017

Hi, I am getting a title notarized in North Carolina. Here's the problem...The owner signed the title over to me, I got it notarized, and I paid the notary fee ($5). When I arrived at the DMV, the person I talked to said that I have to claim ownership of the vehicle (Didn't I already claim ownership if the title was signed over to me?), then she said I have to pay $10 for the notary fee. Why?

National Notary Association

10 Jul 2017

Hello. We're sorry, but you would have to contact the agency and ask them why they are making this request.

Mike

22 Jul 2017

I am living in Louisiana and bought a car from new york. Do i need to get the bill of sale and title of the car notarized for both myself and the seller?

National Notary Association

24 Jul 2017

Hello. Please contact the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles for instructions: https://dpsweb.dps.louisiana.gov/OMVContactUs.nsf

Jesse

14 Aug 2017

I am in and from NC my cousin brought a mustang gt and the guy he brought it from didn't actually own the car his brother did and he's in Washington and I got in touch with him and he said he can't come down for a while so he's aware that his brother sold his car and he's cool with it ! the actual owners name is signed by the owner himself in the sellers section but his name isnt notorized so how do we go about getting it notorized ? His name and my cousins name both legally

National Notary Association

16 Aug 2017

Hello. We're sorry, but you would need to contact the North Carolina DMV for instructions on how to transfer ownership and register the car properly. Their website is: http://www.dmv.org/nc-north-carolina/car-registration.php

Jessica

11 Sep 2017

We have the title. The seller signed it and filled out their part. So when we take it to get it notarized she doesn't have to be there right? Can it just be me and my husband?

National Notary Association

13 Sep 2017

Hello. It depends on whose signatures need to be notarized on the document. In order for a signature on a document to be notarized, the person who made the signature must appear in person before the Notary.

Maria Lopez

18 Oct 2017

Hello, I am a new notary in NC. I have a car title that is under a company name. When notarizing it does buyer( which is the corporation ) do they need to sign as the corporate name or their name as well? In the seller signature and hand printed name.

National Notary Association

18 Oct 2017

Hello. The Notary cannot advise the seller how the document needs to be signed. The signer would need to contact the agency that is receiving the document for instructions.

Robert Becker

23 Oct 2017

Howdy I live in Missouri and bought a truck from someone but When I got to the DMV I noticed that my little boys wrote on it and the DMV said I need to get bill of sell notarized but I can't get a hold of the guy I bought the truck from. How do I get it notarized? I need the truck for taking my boys to their doctor appointments. Please help me and thank you for you time.

National Notary Association

24 Oct 2017

Hello. Unfortunately, if you need the seller's signature notarized, the seller must appear in person before a Notary Public. If you are unable to locate the seller, you will need to speak to the DMV or the attorney to ask if there are any alternatives available.

Jules

30 Oct 2017

We bought an old car 1967 with a very old title my son just got it partially restored and wants to sell it I noticed the seller signed it but in those days you had to notarize now you don’t on titles what can we do?

Naitional Notary Association

31 Oct 2017

Hello. We're sorry, but we can't provide advice on selling an automobile. We would recommend you contact your state motor vehicle department for assistance.

Orlando

08 Dec 2017

So I have a question. Me and my fianc� did a notary deal. It doesn’t state much other than the basics,payment date, payment amount, and full responsibility of the car. The thing is the guy is always late on the payments, it’s effect our credit, he has not gave us the full amounts that he tells us and it’s always such a hassle to get to him. My question here is even though we have a notary deal are we still able to take the car away because of the irresponsiblity?

National Notary Association

11 Dec 2017

Hello. We're sorry, but these are legal questions that would need to be answered by an attorney.

Meghin

23 Dec 2017

Hi, I recently purchased a car in PA and I live in New York. The seller is a family friend of mine and she is 90 years old, I didn't realize that I needed it to be notarized. If the woman who lives in PA signs off and gets her portion notarized and if I sign off on the document here and get my portion notarized would that work as she is ill.

National Notary Association

26 Dec 2017

Hello. You would have to contact your state motor vehicle department to find out if they will accept this alternative.

Dawn

09 Jan 2018

Does a person have to be present if they are filing for a lost car title

National Notary Association

10 Jan 2018

Hello. You would need to contact your state motor vehicle department for assistance answering this question.

Rafael

12 Jan 2018

In Texas, do both, buyer and seller (both are relatives) need to notarize vehicle title?

National Notary Association

16 Jan 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but that's not a notarization question. You would need to contact your state motor vehicle department or other agency that handles car titles for instructions..

Kathryn

05 Feb 2018

Can you please tell me all the US states that need a notary to transfer a vehicles title.

National Notary Association

05 Feb 2018

Hello Kathryn. We're sorry, but we do not have that information. We would recommend you contact your state motor vehicle department if you need instructions on transferring a vehicle title.

Laura

06 Feb 2018

My mom's name is on the title of my car. The car is currently with my in DC and my mom lives in WV. In order for her to change the title over to me, can she get her signature notarized, mail me the title then I have mine notarized?

National Notary Association

07 Feb 2018

Hello. Your mother would need to contact the motor vehicle department or other official agency that processes vehicle titles to find out if the option you describe would be acceptable to them.

Linda Thompson

18 Feb 2018

My husband had a car notarized and both names on title but his daughter changed her mind. We are giving my son the car so my question is what do we do since her name is on title under his.

National Notary Association

20 Feb 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but changing names on a car title is not a notarial act and we do not have information available on this topic. We would suggest contacting an attorney or your state motor vehicle department for assistance.

christopher

24 Feb 2018

ok so I don't know if I'm in a predicament or not. I bought a car today, the title was signed and notarized. will I be able to just take it in to the clerks office and transfer the title into my name without any issues? I live in Kentucky! if more information is needed, please email me or ask.

National Notary Association

26 Feb 2018

Hello Christopher. We're sorry, but any questions about car titles would need to be answered by your state motor vehicle department.

juanita

26 Feb 2018

I am buying a car from my brother, he is in KY, and as far as I know the seller has to have a notary when doing his signature, not sure about this, I reside in Florida, we could have the car brought down by truck, and myself not actually have to go there, now can he alone sign the title with a notary if needed, and fill out my name and address, and me have a signature with a notary if required here in Fl.to finalize the process... It is a cash sale, no payments, etc... and I really, really don't want to have to go to KY. Thanks for any help!!!

National Notary Association

01 Mar 2018

Hello. You would need to contact the state motor vehicle department in Florida to find out if they will accept this procedure.

abraham

02 Mar 2018

hi so i been paying a car for 6 years under my moms name ... the car is now payed off and waiting on title to arrive to dmv , im out of the state (florida ) i need to now that the car is payed off put it under my name is this sumthing my mom would be able to do on her own by me sending her xx information , or do i need to be present in order for this to happend .? any help thanks .

National Notary Association

02 Mar 2018

We're sorry, but this is not a question related to notarization that we can help you with. You would need to contact your state motor vehicle department with any questions regarding proper procedures for transferring vehicle titles.

Gerri Summers

11 Mar 2018

Hello. I purchased a vehicle from a private owner. I was led to believe he was the owner of the vehicle. Upon trying to get a tag for vehicle, I was told by DMV Clerk that car needed an inpection and told the fees I would need to pay. I stated, I thought it already been inspected and couldn’t afford the fees on that day being I just gave my all to purchase the car. Clerk informed me the owner could obtain a temp tag and asked to bring him into office. Again, I was under impression seller was the owner. The seller of the vehicle was not the owner but he was the person who wrote in my information on the title while we sat in his car, the seller was also the person who notarized the title while sitting in his car. The seller stated to the DMV Clerk, the owner of vehicle just left the parking lot to go to work out of town for several weeks. This was a lie! The seller, which is also the notary, stated to me away from the clerk, it’s my car to sell, I just never had the title switched in my name. He also states, the owner needed money, which is why the original owner sold his vehicle. My question, being that the notary name is not on the title, did he have the legal rights to sell vehicle and notarize vehicle. The original titled name was already signed on title.

National Notary Association

12 Mar 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but we can't answer questions regarding the legal ownership of a disputed vehicle. You would need to contact a qualified attorney to answer any questions related to a legal dispute.

Tiffany

11 Mar 2018

Hello, I am a notary and I am about to notarize a vehicle title in Bozeman, MT. When completing the journal part of it, what type of notarial act would this be considered.

National Notary Association

12 Mar 2018

Hello. The signer would have to tell you what type of notarization is wanted for the document. Once the signer tells you what type of notarization is wanted, you can record it in the journal. A Notary may not determine what notarization is needed on behalf of a signer.

Sandra Twisdale

13 Mar 2018

Hi, My Step Son from a previous marriage is selling his truck. I am married again. May I notarize his signature on a NC Car Title>

National Notary Association

14 Mar 2018

Hello. North Carolina Notaries are not automatically disqualified from notarizing for relatives. NC Notaries are disqualified from notarizing if the Notary is a signer, party or beneficiary of the document being notarized, or if the Notary would receive a benefit or payment from the document above the Notary's maximum statutory fee. (GS 10B20[c][5] and [6]). However, the Secretary of State's office recommends that Notaries not perform notarizations for relatives.

Teresa Binder

16 Mar 2018

I bought a car of a dealer from an auction i have the bill of sale paid the notery never got the title when i called harrisburg they said they couldnt speak to me because the car wasnt in my name the seller kept blowing me off so i went to the notery and after him yelling at me said he would look into it still nothing is there anything else i can do

National Notary Association

19 Mar 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but for any questions regarding a legal dispute over ownership of a car you would need to speak to an attorney.

Kamika Moore

16 Mar 2018

I recently lost my car tilte and I would need to have it notorized but what if the seller is unable to be present for the signature to be notorized. Will I be able to get it notorized without him. If not what are my alternate options to still get the car notorized

National Notary Association

19 Mar 2018

Hello. You would not be able to have the seller's signature notarized without him appearing before the Notary and presenting proof of identity. You should contact your state motor vehicle department to ask for instructions if you cannot get the signature notarized.

Raquel

19 Mar 2018

A young man sold my husband a vehicle in NC. he was not the owner. He gave him a lost title form and it was notarized and signed on the front. On the back, the seller also signed and printed his name but the rest is blank. Can he get it notarized by a different notary and does the seller have to be present?

National Notary Association

19 Mar 2018

Hello. You need to contact the appropriate state motor vehicle department to request instructions.

Raquel

19 Mar 2018

In NC if the seller of the vehicle is not present but signed and printed the back of the title, would the buyer be able to get the title notarized? Isn't that for precautions because the seller may not agree right?

National Notary Association

19 Mar 2018

Hello. No, you cannot have a person's signature notarized if the signer is not present to be identified by the Notary.

Megan

02 Apr 2018

There was a title recently stolen from my home. The theif forged my signature and had a “friend” the theirs notarize my title without me present nor ever contacted. Whom do I contact in regards to this matter as I do have a deputy on my case but I will push for this notary to no longer be able to notarize another document.

National Notary Association

02 Apr 2018

Hello Megan. You may wish to contact your state's Notary-regulating agency (in most states this is the Secretary of State's office) to ask if you can file a complaint against the Notary for misconduct.

sandra

13 Apr 2018

I purchased a car in NC .Owner signed it but it has not been notarized. Owner is in texas now. I can't get in touch with owner and I want to get title legal in NC so what do I have to do?

National Notary Association

13 Apr 2018

Hello. You would need to speak to the state motor vehicle department or an attorney for assistance.

Loran J Parker

23 Apr 2018

notory seller not their May 2017 send me with singned title a and notory knows the guy and she notorizes then i get plates... nov 2017 guy sends me down same senerio i have signed to itle by guy she knows and she notorize and i get plates- now there is a problem and causation may applie- my question is knowing laws changed oct 2017, and either the both party present to sign applied ? May 2017 or Nov 2017, as guy has known notory many years, and before i can use casation laws of a car title not notorised at proper signings Nov 1st 2017 the laws that changed saying both parties must appear might give me reason to say she help in causations of law... so one May 2017 would both parties need present same place same time -- Nov 2017 would both parties need present same place same time..? he is seller im the buyer--- notory knows seller long time and seller says - goto my notory as im signing them now in front of you she will understand and she will notorize thease documents and you can get your car plates today-- as i had done May 2017 and Nov 2017--- but Nov 2017 i had a trade in car and now contending court actions and becouse we were not both present at notory Nov 2017 and seeing laws changed where both parties must appear her to not follow laws may have causations that if we both been present the now open title on my trade in would have fact been notorized at same time of regerstation of new car purchased nov 2017, as if laws applied Nov 2017 where both parties must appear same place same time this seller would not have caused me harms-- so may 2017 was it ok to have seller sign then send me down- was nov 2017 ok for seller to send me down - as at no time seller apeared as notory given and licensse plates and my new titles generated-- my trade in vehicle guy conned me saying he would have her notorize later as he never did and now im liable for ticket as titles still in my name-- causation is that nov 2017 if both parties were at notory i would have notorized his title and my new title forcing an issue where no open title remained, as causation laws say she might be liable as letting this guy sing by not being present-- have ive well stated my wmquestion or is further detail needed

National Notary Association

23 Apr 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but any legal questions regarding a court case would need to be answered by a qualified attorney. We cannot provide you with legal advice.

Barbara Lonsinger

26 Apr 2018

My daughter sold a car for parts in PA. She met the buyer at the notary and signed over the title. The notary told her they didn't need anything else from her and that she could leave. Now, a year later, she gets a letter in the mail slapping her with a fine for not paying tickets she was unaware of. She called the notary, and apparently after she left the transfer was never completed. The buyer drove off with the car and eventually abandoned it in Philadelphia. What can she do to resolve this? The notary won't give her any more information. This pperson originally contacted her on Facebook but has deleted his account. In hindsight she should have stayed to complete the transfer. Oh, and she had removed the license plate and put it in the back of the car she was driving. She had forgotten about it but now realizes that this guy must have stolen it from her car. Very shady.

National Notary Association

26 Apr 2018

Hello. Any questions about possible legal recourse in this situation would need to be directed to a qualified attorney. If you wish to file a complaint against a PA Notary, you can download a complaint form or complete one online at the PA Department of State's website: http://www.dos.pa.gov/OtherServices/Notaries/FileaComplaint/Pages/default.aspx

Delton Friedman

27 Apr 2018

Can a notary in NC notarize the signatures of two different parties on the same document provided that both parties sign the document in the presence of the notary?

National Notary Association

27 Apr 2018

Yes, a North Carolina Notary may notarize the signatures of more than one signer on a document. Each notarization must follow all steps required by state law (appearance before the Notary, signers providing satisfactory evidence of identity, etc.)

Prescilla K.

09 May 2018

Hello, i currently live in Louisiana and i have a bit of a problem. Back in October of 2017 my boyfriend got into a car wreck and because of family problems he had to move back to Austin, TX ; he is not able to come visit because of his family problems. Now that it is May 2018, i am about to move out of my apartment in June and the car that he wrecked is still sitting on my lot and I’m trying to get rid of it. A lady down the street wants to buy it. Great but, the only thing is that we need to go to the notary. His dad signed papers of “Texas Certificate it Title” and “Application got Texas Title and/or Registration, because the car is under his dad’s name. He sent the paper work to me and I’m about to head to the notary with the woman who wants the car. Will this be able to work?? I saw him sign the papers through Skype to make sure it was him signing it. Since they cannot come to Louisiana I’m trying to go to the notary for them in order to sell this car for them. Will this work?! Thank you for your time.

National Notary Association

09 May 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but you would need to contact the motor vehicle department you are submitting the documents to for answers to these questions and to confirm if they will accept this procedure.

Barbara Grasty

14 May 2018

The seller has already signed the car title, but didn't have it notarized at the time. What happens now??

National Notary Association

15 May 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but we cannot give readers advice or answer questions regarding how to process car titles. You would need to contact the appropriate motor vehicle department for assistance.

Vanessa Barrows

04 Jun 2018

Hello. I am trying to sell a car to a car place that my daughter gave to me but it won't pass smog and the pink slip is still in her name and I need to get a power of attorney paper notarized. Can I get it notarized even if she signs it?

National Notary Association

05 Jun 2018

Hello. You would need to contact an attorney or the state motor vehicle department to request instructions.

nffhh

08 Jun 2018

im selling someone a car iv already signed and got it notarized. do i have to be present when he transfers the title in his name?

National Notary Association

11 Jun 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but that's not a question we can answer. You need to contact your state motor vehicle department for instructions.

Whattodo?

20 Jun 2018

I live in AZ. Grandmother lives in TX, and gifted her car to me. Went to TX to pickup car, she signed the title without it getting notarized and gave it to me. I drove back to AZ with the car and want to get it registered. What are my options at this point?

National Notary Association

22 Jun 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but that is a question that would need to be answered by the Arizona motor vehicle department.

Wanda Smith

05 Jul 2018

Good evening ..I purchase a boat trailer and the seller had the title notarized on her name only . I took the title to DMV so that I could get the boat trailer register in my name but she couldn't do the title because I hadn't fill out the title as the buyer ,but I have a bill of sell ...What do I need to do to get this trailer registered ...Do I need to get my name as buyer notarize as well … Help !!!

National Notary Association

06 Jul 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but you need to contact your state motor vehicle department to request instructions how to proceed in this situation.

Vince barker

06 Jul 2018

I bought a car in pa, that wasn’t running, so I wasn’t ready to do a title transfer, but we got the title notorized. Now I’m finally finished fixing the vehicle but I notice the stamp from the notiory is expired. Can I still register this car

National Notary Association

06 Jul 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but you need to contact your state motor vehicle department for assistance with this question.

William

06 Jul 2018

I bought a car and didn’t get it noterized with seller. No I can’t get ahold of him is there a way I can get the title in my name without him

National Notary Association

06 Jul 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but you need to contact your state motor vehicle department for assistance with this question.

Dane

09 Jul 2018

Does Arizona have any laws about notarizing a title for a car you are buying for yourself?

National Notary Association

10 Jul 2018

Hello. Any questions about car title requirements should be directed to your state motor vehicle department.

Kathleen Lillis

09 Aug 2018

I am buying a car from my niece that is in the military. The title of the car is from North Carolina, she is now in Pennsylvania and so am I. Does the notary for her signature have to be from North Carolina or can she have it notarized by a PA notary?

National Notary Association

10 Aug 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but we don't have information on individual state requirements for submitting motor vehicle titles. You would need to contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for assistance. Their website is https://www.dmv.pa.gov/VEHICLE-SERVICES/Title-Registration/Pages/default.aspx.

Tereaa

12 Aug 2018

If you sign a car title over to someone but the title is not sent off can the original owner get it back

National Notary Association

15 Aug 2018

Hello. We're sorry but we do not have information regarding the car title process in individual states. You would need to contact your state motor vehicle department for assistance.

Andrew

13 Aug 2018

My mother bought a car from family friend and it is under the kbb value so we have to get a notary, there are two people on the title and it is being signed over to me and my mother on a new title, do all 4 of us have to be present for the notary or is one person from the buyer and seller side acceptable for getting a notary

National Notary Association

14 Aug 2018

Hello. We cannot answer questions regarding instructions for a vehicle sale or purchase. You need to contact your state motor vehicle department to request instructions.

Anthony cabezas

08 Oct 2018

So my friend has a vehicle that is still making payments on and we are talking about notarizing the vehicle to me so I could make the payments and still drive the car legally since I’ll be paying for it. Instead of transferring the loan to my name would we be able to do that? California.

National Notary Association

08 Oct 2018

Hello. Any questions regarding procedure for transferring ownership of a vehicle should be directed to the state Department of Motor Vehicles or an attorney.

Jeanette Dickerson

10 Oct 2018

Hello I currently have a car title with my mom and my name on it I'm moving from kentucky to ohio and have not spoken to my mom for 2 years . I was told before I can register the car in ohio I must have her sign papers and have them notarized first. Couldnt I just have something from my finance company sent to me instead of having her sign the papers

National Notary Association

11 Oct 2018

Hello. You would need to contact the state motor vehicle department to answer this question.

April Cooper

16 Oct 2018

If I notarize the Vehicle Title and the customer buying the card decides not to go through with the purchase. Can I keep until I can sell the vehicle again and if yes how long do I have.

National Notary Association

17 Oct 2018

Hello. You would need to contact your state motor vehicle department to assist with answering these questions.

Kevin

25 Oct 2018

I bought a car and got a bill of sale. She brought me a title signed but not notarized. What do I do to get the title transferred into my name.

National Notary Association

26 Oct 2018

Hello. The NNA does not have information on transferring vehicle titles. You will need to contact your state motor vehicle department for instructions.

Cheryl Croney

27 Oct 2018

My unsigned AZ car title was taken out of my house without my knowledge. My husband gave his girlfriend the title to my car then she went and put it in her name. How can i find out who noraritized my title?

National Notary Association

31 Oct 2018

Hello. Do you have access to a copy of the notarized document? The Notary's name would be printed in the seal.

Laura Mims

09 Nov 2018

I just bought a car from a couple and didnt know I needed a notorized bill of sale in NC to get the title in my name. I can't get ahold of previous owner what do I do?

National Notary Association

14 Nov 2018

Hello. You would need to contact the NC motor vehicle department to request instructions.

Mark

20 Nov 2018

If I notarize a NC Motor Vehicle title and the stamp goes over the some of the writing is it ok? There was little space for my stamp.

National Notary Association

20 Nov 2018

Hello. In general, a Notary seal should not cover text or images on a document when the seal is affixed. The signer would need to contact the motor vehicle department to find out if this would cause the document to be rejected or not.

Lisa Azbill

05 Jan 2019

We are in Ky. My son purchased a car, seller signed title & it was legally notarized. He collapsed of a heart attack & passed away just days later. Seller found out & applied for lost title to try & take vehicle back the day after his death. What steps can we take to keep my sons car? There is no lien, was completely paid for.

National Notary Association

07 Jan 2019

Hello. We are sorry, but these are legal questions that would need to be answered by a qualified attorney.

Michele

08 Jan 2019

Hello- Our son is military and purchased a vehicle in Kansas. Upon going to get it registered in his state of record, they informed him that the owner (before the owner that sold him the car), and failed to have his signature notarized at the time he signed the title over. The DMV had our son begin a bonded title process. He received documents back showing the owner two times back whose name is on the title, as being the last in record. We now need to send a certified letter to try to get assistance with getting the title notarized. The problem is that he is in Oklahoma over 5 hours away. How do ask for notarization of this title when they are in different states? What the options for notarization so we can state this in the certified letter? Can it be notarized with him just providing two forms of ID? Thank you for any assistance...

National Notary Association

11 Jan 2019

Hello. You would have to contact the motor vehicle department to answer any questions regarding what alternate notarization options they will accept.

Donna Eaker

17 Jan 2019

I sold my car a week ago and I forgot to sign the front of the title on jan14 2019 the buyer is mailing the title to me to sign the front do I need to have it notarized

National Notary Association

17 Jan 2019

Hello. You need to contact your state motor vehicle department to answer that question.

Rubi Zarate

08 Feb 2019

I currently live in Alabama I use to live in California and my cousin got the car under his name when we did the trade up. Can I get Power of Attorney and get it notarize to get my tags and plates here??

National Notary Association

08 Feb 2019

Hello. You would need to contact the state motor vehicle department to answer this question.

Morgan Barnes

15 Feb 2019

Hello, I purchased a vehicle that had an out of state license and I wasn’t aware that it had to be notarized. I have tried contactless the gentleman but no response. What should I do?

National Notary Association

20 Feb 2019

Hello. Please contact your local motor vehicle department to request instructions.

Simone

17 Feb 2019

I am a fairly new notary and I was asked to notarize a title but the owner of the vehicle is deceased. Besides verifying the identity and the death certificate what else do I need to do? Is there a special place on the title I need to sign

National Notary Association

20 Feb 2019

Hello. It is not possible to notarize the signature of a deceased individual. If you are being asked to do this, you should not perform the notarization.

Robert Ludlum

22 Feb 2019

I’m buying a car from someone on a Saturday and I live hours away from where the car is located the sellers wife is a notary can I have her notarized it and that following Monday can I take the title to the tag office and have it switched to my name without the seller being there

National Notary Association

25 Feb 2019

Hello. You would need to contact the motor vehicle department to answer this question.

Randy North

27 Feb 2019

I bought a truck from a guy and the title was signed over in his name and notarized but he never sent it off to be put in is name and I can't seem to get him to go and get it done so is there a way to add another form to the title to where it will bypass is name and come back in my name I'm in Hendersonville N.C

National Notary Association

01 Mar 2019

Hello. You would need to contact your local motor vehicle department to request instructions.

David

01 Mar 2019

Im in NC and sold my motorcycle to a buyer in NJ. My clean title needs to get to the buyer in NJ. Can I notarize the clean title in NC before I send him the title?

National Notary Association

01 Mar 2019

No. A North Carolina Notary may not notarize if the Notary is a signer of, party to, or beneficiary of the document that is to be notarized. (GS 10B20[c][5] and [6]).

Kelly Susan Harmon

01 Mar 2019

I have a ohio (notary state) car title. Selling to private party in Michigan (non-notary state). Do I still need to have it notarized to sell if it will be titled in Michigan?

National Notary Association

04 Mar 2019

Please contact the appropriate state motor vehicle department for instructions.

Chris

02 Mar 2019

Can a notary notarize a north carolina motorcycle title with only the seller present? The buyer is out of state.

National Notary Association

04 Mar 2019

Please contact the state motor vehicle department for instructions.

Kenneth

13 Mar 2019

Have a ??? So I want to buy a car but the guy that hard the car said the other owner signed The back of the title but that it I want to buy the car but this guy is taking about getting the title stamped why can I do

National Notary Association

13 Mar 2019

Hello. Please contact your state motor vehicle department to request instructions.

Jody

17 Mar 2019

A friend of mine is from China and is attending college in Missouri where she bought a car. She is doing this semester in Australia and has a buyer for her car here. She lost the title and the Dept of Motor Vehicles sent her a new title in PDF format. How does she get the title signed and notarized from Australia for the buyer who is in Missouri? Melbourne, Australia does seem to have notaries but do the buyer and seller need to sign at the same time? Too complicated for me, ha ha! NEED HELP.

National Notary Association

18 Mar 2019

Hello. Your friend would need to contact the appropriate motor vehicle department to request instructions how to proceed.

lopezsabrina48@yahoo.com

26 Mar 2019

I am a notary public am I able to notorize a total loss title ?

lopezsabrina48@yahoo.com

26 Mar 2019

Based on what you’ve described, we think it would be best if you contacted our Hotline team by phone and provided them with a more detailed description of the situation. The NNA Hotline: 1-888-876-0827 Mon – Fri: 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (PT) Saturday: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PT) If you’re not an NNA Member or Hotline Subscriber, they will provide you with a one-time courtesy call.

Juli

05 Apr 2019

I am a notary in CA and need to notarize LA documents for transferring a car title to a family member as a gift and a power of attorney. The person who needs the notarization is here in CA. How do I proceed?

National Notary Association

05 Apr 2019

Hello. The signer would need to tell you what type of notarization they wish. If the signer does not know, the signer should contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to request instructions.

Ashley Beth

24 Apr 2019

Hello, I am looking to transfers my car from my fathers name to my own. I need to transfer the title into my name and also from Ohio to Washington DC. Ohio requires titles to be notarized but Washington DC does not. Does that mean I do not need to have the title notarized?

National Notary Association

24 Apr 2019

Hello. You will need to contact the motor vehicle department in your state/district to request instructions.

Monica

14 Jun 2019

My son bought a used truck from I guy here in Louisiana. The guy signed the title but did not have it notarized. Now he can't locate the man to get the title notarized. What can he do?

National Notary Association

14 Jun 2019

Hello. Your son would need to contact the state motor vehicle department to ask for instructions.

Steve M

11 Jul 2019

I purchased a classic car cash. I had the documents notarized with all parties. I signed the original Title to have it turned over to PA. Since then, my temporary registrations has expired. No documents have come by mail. While researching the DMV website and speaking to representatives, nothing has been changed under my name and no documents have been recently registered. I have contact the Notary several times who always seems to have an excuse as to why nothing has been done. What should I do? I can't drive the car on an expired temporary sticker.

National Notary Association

22 Jul 2019

Hello. If you are having an issue with a Pennsylvania Notary and wish to file a complaint, you can do so at the following link: https://www.dos.pa.gov/OtherServices/Notaries/FileaComplaint/Pages/default.aspx

Joe

16 Jul 2019

I bought a moped from a guy who did not transfer the title to his name. I have the title with a signature from the original owner. What do I do? Additionally, I live in PA.

National Notary Association

22 Jul 2019

Hello. You need to contact the motor vehicle department in Pennsylvania to request instructions.

Hugo Martinez

17 Jul 2019

My father transferred me his car, the title is in his name, when I moved from CT to NC. I want to transfer the ownership to me and register the car in NC, can he simply sign it in CT as the seller, get it notarized in CT so that I can sign as the buyer in NC and get it notarized in NC?

National Notary Association

22 Jul 2019

Hello. You would need to contact the motor vehicle department in North Carolina to request instructions from them.

Evelyn

04 Aug 2019

Hi I’m a notary public in CA. My husband cousin’s dad is transferring ownership to his son. His dad doesn’t live in the country but has signed the document in which he states he is transferring ownership to his son. Can I notarized the document if he is not in the country?

National Notary Association

05 Aug 2019

Hello. No, the signer would need to be physically present before you in California.

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