Last Updated 28th of May, 2010
Do I need to notify the TX DMV if I donate car? Texas
Title Transfer Notifications and Car DonationsA title transfer must be completed whenever ownership of a vehicle changes, whether your used car has been sold or donated to a recognized non-profit organization.
In most cases, the new owner of the vehicle completes the title transfer within the allotted 30-day period. However, during the donate car process for used cars, non-profit organizations do occasionally run into mishaps that might prevent the title transfer from happening as planned. If the organization relies heavily on volunteers for processing each vehicle donation, for example, it's quite possible some of the required paperwork might simply fall through the cracks.
DMV Vehicle Transfer NotificationIn order to protect yourself from liability in the event that the title transfer is not completed, you should take the time to file a vehicle transfer notification with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) after you donate a car.
As far as titles go, this will not remove your name from the car title, but it will add a notation that indicates you should not be held responsible for parking violations, traffic tickets, fines, or other offenses associated with the vehicle after the date of your car donation.
You have 30 days from the change in ownership to submit the vehicle transfer notification. You can submit this form at your local DMV office or fill out the necessary paperwork through the TX DMV website.
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