North Carolina Title Processing Information
I've got the title in front of me now where do I sign?:
Release ownership by signing to the left of the title, line 2, on the front of the title. If there is an active lien on the vehicle the lien holder must sign in the in the bottom right corner of the title where indicated.
Though a bill of sale is not mandatory, Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) officials strongly encourage keeping one for your own records to protect your from possible liability clams. You can download the Bill of Sale and mail it to the address indicated on the form.
I'm the registered owner but I can't find my title:
Duplicate Title: If your title has been lost, stolen, mutilated, destroyed, countered, or has become illegible and you are the registered owner you can apply for Application for a Duplicate Title (MVR-4), in the presence of a notary. This form is must be submitted along with a $15.00 duplicate title fee. If the original form has an active lien on it, the lienholder must complete the bottom portion of MVR-4.
Mechanicís Lien: If you are not able to attain a negotiable title or the paperwork for a duplicate title, the only option available is a Mechanicís Lien process. This is a not a very desirable alternative since it is a lengthy and costly process and sale proceeds are awarded to the State. This option should be used as a last resort when all efforts have failed to produce a negotiable title. We require written notification on Provider letterhead relinquishing their rights to the vehicle and requesting the Mechanicís Lien process.
If you want to donate your vehicle but lack the title, we can obtain the duplicate title for you. We will need you to fill out the forms below and hold them until the tow agent comes to pickup your vehicle at which time you will hand over the keys and the completed forms below.
Notarized Power of Attorney signed by all owners listed on the title.
Lien Release (if applicable).
Notarized Application for Duplicate Title signed by all owners listed on the title. This application form must be signed by all owner on the front and on the back (to transfer ownership to the Provider).
Lien Release (if applicable).
The owner of the vehicle is deceased:
In the case of the death of an owner with the appointment of an administrator: The ownership of a vehicle can be transferred by the administrator. We require a copy of the Letters of Administration, certified by the clerk of courts (with visible clerkís seal), a properly signed title by the administrator, a Damage Disclosure Statement (either on the title or separate statement signed by the administrator), and odometer disclosure (for vehicles less than 10 model years). We would also require a lien release (if applicable).
In the case of the death of an owner and no administrator has been appointed for the deceased: The ownership of a vehicle can be transferred by a surviving spouse or surviving heirs. We require a certified copy of the death certificate, a notarized Affidavit of Authority to Assign Title (MVR-317), a properly signed title by the surviving spouse or heirs, a Damage Disclosure Statement (either on the title or separate statement signed by the surviving spouse or heirs), and odometer disclosure (for vehicles less than 10 model years). We
would also require a lien release (if applicable).
The vehicle was abandoned on my property:
In most cases we will be able to pick up the vehicle. If we need
paperwork from you it will usually be in the form or your signature on
a paper describing where the vehicle was left and your request for us
to remove it.
For services regarding Abandoned Motor Vehicles in North Carolina you may contact the License & Theft Bureau at 919-861-3141.