Last Updated 15th of May, 2010
How do I complete a motorcycle title transfer to change ownership in TX? Texas
Completing a Motorcycle Title Transfer in TexasTexas law states that a new title must be obtained within 20 business days of a change in ownership for a motorcycle or 45 days if the selling dealer is also financing the vehicle.
The process you follow will depend on whether you’re buying or selling the motorcycle.
Buying a Motorcycle
If you are buying a motorcycle from a dealer, a company representative will complete the necessary paperwork on your behalf. All you need to do is ask for a receipt showing that the motorcycle has been titled in your name. You must obtain the title before you will be allowed to get a motorcycle registration.
If you are buying from a private party, ask the seller to accompany you to the Texas Department of Transportation (TX DOT) county tax office to complete the title transfer. This will prevent any possible legal complications. You should also ask the seller to give you the
- Vehicle registration receipt.
- Release of lien, power of attorney.
- Any other applicable supporting documents.
Selling a Motorcycle
When selling your motorcycle, you should provide the buyer with a properly signed title that includes the date of sale and odometer reading. You will also need to give him a signed vehicle title application, with the sales price clearly shown. For your own records, you will need:
- The buyer's contact information.
- The date of sale.
- A description of your motorcycle that includes the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
NOTE: One thing to keep in mind when completing a title transfer to change ownership for a motorcycle is that you are not allowed to keep your license plates for a motorcycle in Texas. Although plates for a personal car or truck can be transferred, you must obtain new license plates whenever you get a new motorcycle.
If you need additional information about transferring titles for motorcycles in Texas, please call (512) 465-7611.
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