Connecticut Vehicle Titles
Instructions for Signing a Vehicle Title in Connecticut (Private Party Sale)
When selling a vehicle in Connecticut through a private party sale, it is important to properly sign the vehicle title to transfer ownership. Follow the steps below to complete the title signing process:
1. Locate the Connecticut Certificate of Title: The current owner (seller) of the vehicle should possess the vehicle’s original title. Ensure that all the information on the title is accurate and matches the details of the vehicle being sold.
2. Complete the Back of the Title: On the back of the title, you will find two main sections that need to be completed. They are the “Seller” section and the “Buyer” section.
a. Seller Section:
– Print your name as it appears on the front of the title.
– Sign your name in the designated seller signature area.
– Date the transaction by entering the day, month, and year of the sale.
b. Buyer Section:
– Provide the buyer’s full name and address in the designated buyer information area.
3. Bill of Sale in Connecticut:
Connecticut does not require a Bill of Sale for private party vehicle sales. However, it is strongly recommended to create a Bill of Sale as it can serve as additional protection for both the buyer and seller. A well-drafted Bill of Sale should include details such as the vehicle make, model, year, VIN number, purchase price, and the signatures of both buyer and seller.
4. Odometer Disclosure Statement: If the vehicle is under ten years old, both the buyer and the seller must complete the Odometer Disclosure Statement section on the back of the title. The current mileage of the vehicle should be accurately recorded, and all parties involved must sign and date this section.
5. Provide Buyer with a Copy: After completing and signing the necessary sections, the seller should make a copy of the signed title for their records. The original title, with all the required sections completed, should be given to the buyer.
6. Complete the Sale in Front of a Notary: While it is not mandatory, it is highly recommended to have the title signing and transfer of ownership witnessed by a notary public. This step adds an extra layer of authentication to the transaction.
7. Remove License Plates and Cancel Registration: The seller must remove the license plates from the sold vehicle. These plates should not be transferred to another vehicle. Additionally, the seller should either cancel the vehicle’s registration online or submit a completed Form H-65 to the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to notify them of the sale and transfer of ownership.
By following these instructions and ensuring all necessary sections are completed accurately, you can successfully sign a vehicle title when selling a vehicle privately in Connecticut. Remember to consult the Connecticut DMV’s official website or contact them directly for any specific questions or concerns regarding the title signing process or private party vehicle sales.