How do I complete a motorcycle title transfer to change ownership in NC? North Carolina

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North Carolina Motorcycles and Titles

A motorcycle title transfer is an easy process if you follow the exact requirements set by the North Carolina DMV. Those requirements will depend on whether you’re the seller or the buyer.

If You're the Motorcycle Seller


Follow these steps if you’re selling the motorcycle:

  1. Record the odometer reading on the title if the bike is fewer than 10 years old.
  2. Add the buyer's name and address on the title.
  3. Include the sale date on the title.
  4. Sign and hand print your name on the title and have it notarized.
  5. Complete a Damage Disclosure Statement (Form MVR-181) and have the buyer sign it.
To complete the title transfer, be sure to remove the license plate from the motorcycle. You can either transfer this to another motorcycle or, if not, surrender the plate to the DMV. Do not cancel your bike's insurance until after you surrender the license plate.

If You're the Motorcycle Buyer


You will need from the seller:

  • A signed-over title that includes the seller's printed name and signature, date of sale, an odometer reading if the motorcycle is fewer than 10 years old, and notarization.
  • A Damage Disclosure Statement (Form MVR-181) completed by the seller.
You'll then need to visit any NC DMV location to register and title the bike. Bring with you:

  • The motorcycle's title.
  • A completed and notarized Title Application (Form MVR-1).
  • A Damage Disclosure Statement (Form MVR-181).
  • Proof of passing a safety inspection.
  • Proof of insurance.
  • Cash or a check or money order to pay $18 registration fee and $40 title fee.

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