How to Change Vehicle Ownership in Hawaii

What you need to know to transfer automobile ownership in this state

Vehicle title transfers in Hawaii vary by county. If you are going to change vehicle ownership with a vehicle that has a Honolulu County Certificate of Title, then the buyer must submit:

  • Estimatedly endorsed City and County of Honolulu Certificate of Title
  • Last issued Certificate of Registration
  • Current Hawaii Vehicle Inspection Certificate
  • If you are a non — resident active duty military service member, submit a properly completed Non — Resident Certificate, Form CS — L(MVR) 50. Form CS — L(MVR) 50 is available from your military personnel office or your military unit.

If you are attempting to transfer automobile ownership, where the vehicle is from another state or another country in Hawaii, and you are going to title the vehicle in Honolulu County, then you must submit:

  • Application For Registration, form CS — L(MVR) — 1—If the vehicle is to be registered in two names, both parties must sign
  • The last issued Certificate of Registration that was issued by the other State or County
  • Estimatedly endorsed Out — of — State or other County Certificate of Title—If the Certificate of Title is not released by the recorded owner(s), a notarized bill of sale from the seller to you must accompany the Certificate of Title. If a lienholder is indicated on the Certificate of Title and the lienholder has not released their interest on the Certificate of Title, a lien satisfaction letter or the original canceled contract with stamped "PAID IN FULL" must accompany the Certificate of Title to remove the lienholder.
  • A current Hawaii Vehicle Inspection Certificate
  • A bill of lading for vehicles transferred from another State, showing the vehicle's state of entry in Honolulu—the bill of lading is not required if the vehicle has a current Out — Of — State Vehicle Permit.
  • If you are a non — resident active duty military service member, submit a properly completed Non — Resident Certificate, Form CS — L(MVR) 50. Form CS — L(MVR) 50 is available from your military personnel office or your military unit.

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Get everything you need—fully completed—before you step foot inside of your local department of motor vehicles, including:

  • Bill of Sale
  • Estimated tax calculation for the vehicle purchased
  • State forms completed with data provided
  • Fully customized for the state of Hawaii and your unique situation

This service is designed to get you in and out of your motor vehicles department with everything you need to make title transfer and vehicle registration as seamless as possible.

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