What do I need to do to get in the clear with my car title?
December 31, 2007 11:12 AM Subscribe
This september I was given a car by a friend of mine who was moving out of state (the car and I are in Ohio). We both signed the title and thought we had done everything right, but we did not realize that we had to sign the document in front of a notary or have it notarized to complete the transfer. (more inside)
posted by mdienno to law & government (15 answers total)
Now I'm having trouble tracking him down and when I called my DMV and explained to them my situaton they told me I either needed a power of attorney document or to have the title notarized with the original owner present, both of which require me to know where he is.
So basically, I have a car with the title, signed by both me and the original owner but not notarized. It's insured under my name, and if it helps prove a right to propery ownership I have recipets for repairs I put into the car. The DMV wasn't terribly helpful and I'm not sure where to go at this point since this is the first time I've really had to deal with this type of thing and my knowledge of ohio law is limited. The tags also expire Jan 18th, which might complicate things even further since I can't get new ones until all of this paperwork is settled. If there's any other information that would help to answer my question I'll do my best to provide it.