Transfer of vehicle ownership in West Virginia

Tips on switching vehicle ownership in this state

What you need to know to about the transfer of vehicle ownership in West Virginia. The information provided is for individual switching vehicle ownership through a private sale:

  • Every motor vehicle, trailer, semi trailer, pole trailer, and recreational vehicle when driven or moved upon a highway must be titled and registered.
  • If the vehicle has more than one owner, and the names are joined by "AND", both owners must sign the title documents for a sale or transfer to be legal. If "OR" or "AND/OR" appears between the owner's name, either owner can sign the title document as the seller or purchaser of the vehicle.
  • Always be sure the vehicle identification number (VIN) on a title matches the vehicle identification number on the vehicle. The vehicle odometer reading must not be less than the odometer reading on the face of the title.
  • You must have the previous owner's title properly reassigned to you whether it is a West Virginia title or an out-of-state title. Both the seller and the buyer must sign the back of the West Virginia title. If it's an out-of-state title the previous owner must sign the title and the name and address of the new owner should appear on the title. The new owner would then submit the out-of-state title along with the Application for Certificate of Title for a Motor Vehicle (DMV-1-TR).
  • If the vehicle is less than ten years old the seller must also complete the odometer disclosure on the title that has to be acknowledged by the purchaser.
  • Possible fees include title fee, titling sales tax, lien fee (if applicable), registrations fee and/or registration transfer fee.
  • If the vehicle is purchased from an individual and the purchase price is below 50% of the current NADA Clean Loan Book value, a notarized bill of sale must accompany the application for title, or the tax will be assessed on the NADA Clean Loan Book value.
  • If the vehicle is purchased from an individual and the purchase price is above 50%, the tax will be assessed on that price. Any vehicle not purchased from a registered dealer which is two years old or less will be taxed on the current NADA Clean Loan Book value despite the purchase price, a notarized bill of sale will not be accepted.
  • All notarized bill of sales or DMV form Bill of Sale (DMV-7-TR) must be accompanied by a copy of both the buyer and seller's driver’s license.

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  • Bill of Sale
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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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