Car title transfer, from several states away, when the title is lost?
February 12, 2013 11:08 PM Subscribe
Pretty please, help me! I sold my car in California in the middle of a move. We completed a bill of sale to be as official as possible, and I told the buyer that I'd mail her the title once the dust settled from my move. Now that I've unpacked, I can't find the title anywhere. The California DMV website lists some guidelines for replacing a lost title
, but I'm still confused. Who's technically the legal owner right now? Would it be easiest for the buyer to fill out this form and check that the title was "not received from prior owner" and get on with it? Or would that incur some sort of penalty for either of us?
posted by red_rabbit to law & government (4 answers total)
I also checked out the third-party title-replacement folks, Cartagz.com
, which is promoted on the DMV website. This says it'll take 2-3 weeks to receive a replacement title, doesn't say how much it will cost, and when I try to complete the transaction, it tells me it's unable to complete it and sends me back to the DMV website. Grr. And theeeen...what's the scoop on title transfers
? I would assume that I need to actually have a title to transfer in the first place, but would I then need to jump through this hoop as well once I receive the title? The buyer is a friend of a friend; we'd both like to do whatever results in her obtaining the title the fastest and costs the least amount of $. Also, I would like to regain just a sliver of sanity...this thing is driving me bonkers! Many thanks in advance for the help.