Hawaii Vehicle Titles

Instructions for Signing a Vehicle Title in Hawaii (Private Party Sale)

Selling a vehicle privately in Hawaii requires the proper transfer of the vehicle title. Follow these step-by-step instructions to ensure a smooth and legally compliant transaction:

1. Prepare the Vehicle Title:

– Locate the vehicle title, usually issued by the Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT), which displays the registered owner’s name.

– Verify that there are no liens or encumbrances on the title. Any outstanding loans or debts against the vehicle must be cleared prior to the sale.

2. Seller’s Signature:

– As the seller, sign your name exactly as it appears on the title. Avoid any alterations or discrepancies.

– Usually, your name as the seller is listed near the top of the title under the “Seller” or “Registered Owner” section.

3. Provide Accurate Odometer Reading:

– Complete the odometer reading section accurately. Write the exact mileage at the time of the sale in the designated area.

– If the vehicle is over ten years old, an odometer disclosure statement is not required in Hawaii.

4. Record the Sales Price and Date:

– Fill in the sales price in the designated box, usually titled “Sales Price” or “Purchase Price,” near the bottom of the title.

– Enter the date of the sale in the “Date” or “Sale Date” field, usually located near the sales price section.

5. Complete the Out-of-State Seller’s Checklist:

– If the vehicle is registered outside of Hawaii, complete and submit the seller’s checklist located on the backside (reverse side) of the title document.

6. Create a Bill of Sale:

– Although not required by the Hawaii DOT, it is advisable to create a Bill of Sale for your records.

– The Bill of Sale should include the vehicle details (make, model, VIN), the sales price, buyer and seller’s information, and the date of sale.

– Both the buyer and seller should sign the Bill of Sale, acknowledging the transaction.

7. Buyer’s Responsibility:

– As the buyer, ensure that you receive the signed and completed vehicle title from the seller.

– Record the accurate sales price and date of purchase on the title for your records.

Remember to consult the Hawaii DOT website or contact them directly for any specific questions regarding vehicle title transfers, requirements, or fees.

Note: This guide provides general instructions for signing a vehicle title in Hawaii when conducting a private party sale. It is always recommended to consult with legal or professional advice to ensure compliance with Hawaii state laws and regulations.

Hawaii Department of Motor Vehicles