California Title Transfer Process

How to Transfer a Car Title in California

When you're trying to sell a car in California one of the steps you will have to go through is a California vehicle title transfer.  Transferring an auto title in California is actually pretty quick. Once you have a hold of your California title, you just need to sign in a couple places and get paid cash for your car. If you're asking yourself 'what does a California car title look like', simply check out our example titles to the right. Now, you can also see exactly how to fill out a California title by reading below on the exact places to sign.

Where Do I Sign a California Title?

California titles require two signatures. Both are on the FRONT of the title.

The first is in the center of the title and is labeled "Signature of Registered Owner."

A second signature is required for the odometer statement. The field is labeled "Transferor Seller Signature" and is located on the lower left.

Note: If your vehicle is 10 years or older you do not have to sign in the odometer section under “Transferor Seller Signature.”

Can I Sell a Car in California Without a Title?

The California DMV requires a title to sell a vehicle. If your title is lost, duplicate titles can be obtained from the California DMV. You'll have to fill out the forms for a California DMV title request for a duplicate title. California car transfer needs a title, so without one you won't be able to sell your car.

Last Updated 4/23/2019

Title Transfer Fee California

The title fees in California are a $15 vehicle title transfer fee, and any use tax fees. Other costs aside from the California title and registrations fees include the duplicate title fee, which is actually $20, and is added to the $15 title fee. However, if you sell your car in California with CarBrain we will cover any costs for title transfer and handle the paperwork to make it as easy as possible for you!

Selling a Car in California Quickly

Now that you have all the business of how to transfer ownership of a car in California figured out, you can sell your car fast. Whether you need to get rid of an old junk car today, or just want to compare quotes for your mechanically damaged vehicle, we can help. Our offers are guaranteed and are generated in under 90 seconds! Get free towing for your vehicle at your location in 24-48 hours and get paid on the spot. See how much your car is worth in California by clicking the button below.


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