An individual buying, selling, gifting or donating a vehicle must transfer ownership of it via a title transfer.
To transfer a vehicle’s title, go to an N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles license plate agency or mail in the information outlined in the following steps:
For a title transfer, the information on the back of the original title must be completed by both the original owner and the recipient. North Carolina titles must be notarized. For out-of-state titles, NCDMV will recognize that state's requirements. This information includes the:
- Buyer and recipient's name and address
- Date of sale or date of delivery
- Seller's signature and hand-printed name
- Odometer reading (if required)
- Damage disclosure statement
Transferring to Family
If transferring a vehicle between spouses, a parent and child or a stepparent and stepchild, the recipient is exempt from the highway-use tax upon completion of the
Highway-Use Tax Exemption Certificate (MVR-613).
The exemption is applicable to North Carolina residents transferring a North Carolina title to another North Carolina resident.