Delaware Vehicle Titles

Signing a vehicle title in Delaware when selling a vehicle privately is an important step to transfer ownership. Follow these factual instructions to complete this process correctly:

1. Locate the vehicle title: The current owner should have the original vehicle title, also known as the certificate of title, which proves ownership and allows for the transfer of the vehicle.

2. Verify the title information: Ensure that all information on the title is accurate, including the vehicle identification number (VIN), make, model, and year. Any discrepancies should be resolved before proceeding with the sale.

3. Fill out the seller’s section: On the back of the title, you will find a section labeled “Assignment of Title by Seller.” The seller must complete this section by filling in the following details:

a. Seller’s printed name and address

b. Seller’s signature

c. Date of sale

4. Provide additional information (if required): Some vehicles may have extra sections on the back of the title, such as liens or odometer disclosure statements. If applicable, ensure these sections are accurately completed as well.

5. Fill out a Bill of Sale: Although not required by Delaware law, it is highly recommended to fill out a Bill of Sale as a record of the transaction. This document should include the buyer and seller’s names, addresses, the vehicle’s description (make, model, year, and VIN), the sale price, and the date of sale. Both parties should sign the Bill of Sale, and each should retain a copy for their records.

6. Exchange funds and keys: Once the necessary signatures and information have been provided on the title and Bill of Sale, the buyer should provide the agreed upon payment to the seller. In return, the seller should hand over the vehicle keys to the buyer.

7. Notify the Delaware DMV: As the seller, it is crucial to protect yourself by notifying the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) about the sale. Visit the Delaware DMV website or contact their office to find out how to properly report the vehicle sale within the required timeframe.

8. Deliver the title to the buyer: Once the vehicle has been sold, deliver the signed vehicle title to the buyer. It is recommended to make a copy or take a picture of the signed title for your records before handing it over.

Remember, these instructions are provided for informational purposes only, and it is advisable to consult the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles or legal professionals for specific guidance related to your situation.

Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles