Massachusetts Vehicle Titles

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

When selling a vehicle in a private party transaction in Massachusetts, the title transfer process requires both the seller and the buyer to complete specific steps. This guide will provide you with step-by-step instructions to sign a vehicle title correctly.

Before proceeding with the title transfer, it is crucial to check if a Bill of Sale is required. In Massachusetts, completing a Bill of Sale is not mandatory for private party vehicle sales. However, it is highly recommended for both the seller and buyer to have a written record of the transaction for their personal reference and protection.

Now, let’s go through the process of signing a vehicle title:

1. Locate the Vehicle Title:

– The vehicle title is an official document that proves ownership and is issued by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV).

– The seller must have a clean and unencumbered title, meaning there are no liens or outstanding loans on the vehicle.

2. Review the Vehicle Information:

– Ensure the information on the title is accurate, including the vehicle identification number (VIN), make, model, year, and mileage.

3. Complete the Seller’s Section:

– In the “Seller” or “Transferor” section on the front of the title, fill in your name, address, and date of sale.

– If there are multiple sellers, they must all sign the title and provide their information in the designated spaces.

4. Sign the Title:

– The seller(s) must then sign their name(s) on the “Seller’s Signature” line.

– Make sure to sign the title exactly as your name appears on the front. Do not use any nicknames or abbreviations.

5. Provide Additional Required Information:

– On the back of the title, fill in the odometer reading in the “Odometer Disclosure” section.

– If the vehicle is less than ten years old, check the appropriate box to indicate whether the mileage is in “Actual,” “Not Actual,” or “Exempt” miles.

– If there are any liens on the vehicle, they must be released and signed off.

6. Complete the Buyer’s Section:

– The buyer(s) must then provide their full name(s), address, and date of purchase in the “Buyer” or “Transferee” section on the front of the title.

– If there are multiple buyers, each must sign and provide their information in the designated spaces.

7. Notarize the Title (Optional):

– Notarization is not required for private party vehicle sales in Massachusetts. However, some buyers or sellers prefer to have the title notarized as an extra layer of authenticity.

8. Keep a Copy of the Title and Bill of Sale:

– It is crucial for both the buyer and seller to retain a copy of the signed title and a completed Bill of Sale, even though it is not mandatory.

Remember to consult the Massachusetts RMV website or contact the RMV directly with any specific questions or concerns regarding the vehicle title transfer process.

Please note that this guide provides general information and is not intended as legal advice. It is always recommended to consult with relevant authorities or seek professional assistance during any legal transactions, including vehicle sales.

Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicles