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Section 11

Vehicle Licensing and Registration


11.2 Completing Titles for Transfer

11.2.1 Signature Requirements

  1. 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]

    1. Seller's Signatures

      1. 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.)
      2. 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.
      3. If co-owners joined by "or", or "and/or", one owner must sign.
      4. If co-owners with a "JTRS", then both owners must sign.
      5. 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.

      6. If a business, then the business name and an authorized counter signature must appear.
      7. If a sole proprietor with a DBA, then the individual owner must sign.
        1. Note: A bill of sale is acceptable in lieu of the owner's signature on Line 1 of the Title.
    2. Buyer's Signatures

      1. Back of Title: Have each new owner (the buyers) sign, or their signatures may be signed by power of attorney for the buyers.

      2. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. If the title is a non-complying title: a Vehicle/Vessel Transfer form (REG 262) must be completed.
  5. 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.
  6. If using an Application for Duplicate Title (REG 227): A Vehicle/Vessel Transfer form (REG 262) must be completed.
  7. 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.
  8. Auto Auctions: Must maintain the original copy of its sales invoice. A carbon copy of the invoice is acceptable for disclosure of odometer mileage.


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