Vehicle Licensing and Registration
11.2 Completing Titles for Transfer
11.2.1 Signature Requirements
Upon transfer, the legal owner, registered owner, and the transferee
must sign the certificate of ownership. The transferee must also provide
his or her address on the certificate of ownership. [V.C. §§5600,
5750, and 5751]
- i. You must make sure the person signing the title is the same
as the person whose name appears on the title. Verify their identity
by examining their driver’s license or other legal i.d. Also
make certain the seller’s signature is legible (readable).
Where the signature is not clear, or is in any way confusing, you
must submit a Name Statement explaining why the signature appears
contrary to the printed name. An example would be a title with the
name “Ryan Alexander Peterson” and the seller signs
off as "Al Peterson.” To submit this information use
the REG 256 form found at http://www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/reg/reg256.htm.)
- If co-owners are joined by the word "and"
or a " / " mark, then both must sign the title to release
their interest in the vehicle.
- If co-owners joined by "or", or "and/or",
one owner must sign.
- If co-owners with a "JTRS", then both owners must sign.
- If a leasing company, the lessor (the leasing company)
must release the vehicle with the company's name and countersignature
from an authorized representative. Note: The lessee is not an owner.
- If a business, then the business name and an authorized
counter signature must appear.
- If a sole proprietor with a DBA, then the individual owner must
- Note: A bill of sale is acceptable in lieu of the owner's
signature on Line 1 of the Title.
Back of Title: Have each new owner (the buyers) sign, or their
signatures may be signed by power of attorney for the buyers.
New Legal Owner/Lienholder Section: If applicable, enter name
of new legal owner. If none, write the word "None" in
this section. Failure to do so will result in a returned application.
11.2.2 If the title is Complying California Title
For Dealer Sales: The buyer must sign line 9a or
9b as the new registered owner and in the Dealer Only section as the buyer
acknowledging the odometer mileage reported. If the dealer odometer disclosure
section has been completed and additional disclosure is required, a separate
Vehicle/Vessel Transfer Form (REG 262) must be completed and signed.
- For Private Party Sales: The registered owner must put the odometer reading
on the front of the title. The buyer endorses the reverse side of the title,
line 9a or 9b, acknowledging that same mileage.
- If the title is a complying, out-of-state title (for "golden
rod" conversion), the odometer disclosure must be in the
designated area on the title.
- If the title is a non-complying title: a Vehicle/Vessel Transfer
form (REG 262) must be completed.
- If the Title is unavailable at the time of sale (i.e, if the
lienholder has it, or it is paperless), a Vehicle/Vessel Transfer
form (REG 262) must be completed.
- If using an Application for Duplicate Title (REG 227): A Vehicle/Vessel
Transfer form (REG 262) must be completed.
- If the title is submitted with a multiple transfer application:
A Vehicle/Vessel Transfer form (REG 262) must be completed by
both the buyer and seller for each transaction.
- Auto Auctions: Must maintain the original copy of its sales invoice.
A carbon copy of the invoice is acceptable for disclosure of odometer mileage.