West Virginia Vehicle Titles

Signing the Vehicle Title in West Virginia (Private Party Sale)

When selling a vehicle privately in West Virginia, it is important to correctly sign and complete the vehicle title to ensure a smooth ownership transfer. The following step-by-step instructions will guide you through the process:

1. Locate the Title: The vehicle title is a legal document that proves ownership. As the seller, you need to possess the original vehicle title.

2. Verify the Information: Check the title to ensure that all the information is accurate and matches the vehicle being sold. This includes the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), year, make, and model of the vehicle.

3. Provide Necessary Information: Fill out the required information on the title as follows:

a. Seller’s Information: Write your full legal name in the “Seller” or “Owner” section exactly as it appears on the title. Include your complete address and date of sale.

b. Buyer’s Information: In the “Buyer” section, have the buyer provide their full legal name, address, and date of sale.

c. Vehicle Odometer Reading: Record the accurate odometer reading of the vehicle in the designated section. Be honest and write the complete mileage.

4. Sign the Title: As the seller, you will need to sign the title to transfer ownership. The following signatures are required:

a. Seller’s Signature: Locate the “Seller’s Signature” or “Signature of Seller” section on the title. Sign your name exactly as it appears on the title.

b. Seller’s Printed Name: Below your signature, print your full legal name.

c. Date: Write the date when you signed the title.

5. Complete the Bill of Sale: While not required in West Virginia, it is highly recommended to create a Bill of Sale as an additional record of the vehicle sale. Both the seller and buyer should retain a copy of this document. Include the following essential details:

a. Vehicle Information: Make, model, year, VIN, and color of the vehicle.

b. Seller and Buyer Information: Full names, addresses, and contact numbers.

c. Purchase Price: Indicate the agreed upon purchase price in both words and numbers.

d. Date and Signatures: Both the seller and buyer should sign and date the Bill of Sale.

6. Provide Additional Documentation: Gather all relevant documents and paperwork, such as a lien release (if applicable), maintenance records, and vehicle history reports, to provide to the buyer. This helps establish trust and transparency.

7. Handover the Title: Once you have completed all the necessary steps, ensure that the buyer receives the signed vehicle title, Bill of Sale (if created), and any other supporting documentation related to the vehicle.

Remember, it is essential to contact the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles or visit their website to understand any specific requirements or regulations that may apply to your situation.

West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles