Last Updated 30th of August, 2010
Do I have to unregister my vehicle if I sell it?
Sell Car and UnregisterAfter selling your car you may, depending on your state, have to notify your local DMV. This may require submitting a specific form, surrendering your license plates, or, in the case of Arkansas, making a phone call. This allows the DMV to update your vehicle registration file and, more importantly, releases you from liability. Even if your state does not require notification, it's still recommended.
All buyers of used cars must register immediately. If you're new to the driving game and are unsure of how to apply for vehicle registration, or want to learn about registration renewal, contact your local DMV.
|Alaska||Complete title stub or a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability form.|
|Arizona||Submit a Sold Notice within 10 days of car being sold.|
|Arkansas||Notify your county assessor.|
|California||Submit Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability within five days of sale.|
|Connecticut||You must surrender license plates.|
|Delaware||Complete Seller's Report of Sale at bottom of title and submit to DMV.|
|Florida||Submit a Notice of Sale within 30 days of car being sold.|
|Georgia||You must visit DMV to unregister after sale.|
|Hawaii||Submit a Notice of Transfer within 10 days of car being sold.|
|Idaho||Complete title's Release of Liability section and take to DMV.|
|Iowa||Surrender plates to county treasurer or transfer to a new car.|
|Kansas||Surrender plates or submit a Notice of Sale.|
|Kentucky||If you sell out-of-state, remove plates. Otherwise, no notification required.|
|Louisiana||Surrender plates and complete Notice of Vehicle Transfer.|
|Maryland||Surrender plates or transfer to another vehicle.|
|Massachusetts||Surrender plates to RMV.|
|Minnesota||Submit Notice of Sale within 10 days by mail or online.|
|Mississippi||Surrender plates to local Tax Collector's office.|
|Missouri||Submit either a Notice of Sale or a Bill of Sale to DMV within 30 days of sale.|
|Nevada||Either transfer plates to a new car or surrender to DMV.|
|New Hampshire||Not required.|
|New Jersey||Surrender plates to MVC.|
|New Mexico||Either register license plates on new vehicle or surrender.|
|New York||You must surrender your license plates.|
|North Carolina||Either register license plates on new vehicle or surrender.|
|North Dakota||Not required.|
|Ohio||Submit Customer Request to Cancel Vehicle Registration form along with plates or bill of sale.|
|Oklahoma||Submit either Notice of Transfer of Ownership of a Vehicle or title's tear-off tab.|
|Oregon||Submit Notice of Sale within 10 days of sale.|
|Pennsylvania||Surrender license plates unless you transfer them to another car.|
|Rhode Island||Bring plates and registration card to DMV.|
|South Carolina||Surrender plates to DMV.|
|South Dakota||Submit a Seller's Report of Sale (this is optional).|
|Texas||Submit a Vehicle Transfer Notification within 30 days of sale.|
|Utah||Must notify DMV in writing; mail or fax.|
|Virginia||Notify DMV online or by phone.|
|Washington||Notify DMV within five days of sale; online or in-person.|
|West Virginia||Submit a Sold Vehicle and Watercraft Notice within 60 days of sale.|
|Washington DC||Surrender plates to DMV.|
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