Asked by: Armin Kleinschmitt
asked in category: General Last Updated: 25th May, 2020

Do you have to notify the DMV when you sell your car?

Yes. You are required by law to notify DMV within five calendar days from the date you sell or transfer title or interest in and deliver possession of a vehicle to another owner (Vehicle Code §5900).

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Accordingly, how many days do you have to notify the DMV when you sell your car?


Also, what do I need to do when selling my car privately? Essential paperwork

  1. Write a receipt and make two copies – one for you and one for your buyer.
  2. Complete and sends the V5C to the DVLA.
  3. Give the new owner the car's handbook, the keys (including any duplicate sets), the service logbook plus any receipts you have, and the MOT certificate if the car is over three years old.

People also ask, how do I notify DMV of sold car?

Selling/Donating A Vehicle

  1. Sign your vehicle title over to the buyer/recipient.
  2. Hand over the title to the buyer / recipient.
  3. Remove your license plates from the vehicle.
  4. Notify DMV that you have sold, traded or donated the vehicle.
  5. Notify the insurance company that you sold, traded or donated the vehicle.

Do I have to go to the DMV to transfer title?

You must: obtain the California Certificate of Ownership (title) from the seller with the owner's signature release on line "1" of the title. print your name and address and sign on the back of the title. submit the title to DMV with the transfer fee and use tax, if due.

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