You need several forms to transfer ownership of your car in Texas. Before you sell your car, make sure you have your title and lien release, if necessary. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) website offers the forms you need and also allows you to electronically notify the state of the sale once it is complete.
If you have misplaced your title, apply for a new one in person at a Vehicle Titles and Registration office. Specific locations are listed on the Texas DMV website. Expect to provide a valid identification card or driver's license to prove vehicle ownership and identity. Once you have the title, sign the back of it on Line 3, where the owner's information is requested. Co-owners must also sign. Texas does not allow title transfers when a lien exists. The lender must sign and date the release of lien on the front of the title or you must obtain a valid lien release to give to the buyer.
Application for Texas Certificate of Title Form
The new owner must provide a signed and dated Application for Certificate of Title form to the buyer to transfer ownership. To obtain the form, go to the Texas DMV website to download and print it out. State the car's sales price in section 21 (a). Sign and print your name in section 22. Date the form, as well. You can also complete sections 1 through 5 using the information provided on your title or allow the buyer to complete it himself.
Registration, Insurance and Plates
Provide the seller with your car's most recent registration receipt. The Texas DMV website suggests sellers scrape the previous registration off of the windshield before releasing ownership. Remove your license plates. The state of Texas does not require vehicle owners to return license plates to a motor vehicle office; you can keep the plates and transfer them to a different car at a later date for a small fee. Call your insurance provider to cancel or transfer your insurance policy immediately after selling your car.
Vehicle Transfer Notification
The Texas DMV website suggests going with your buyer to complete the title transfer process. However, the buyer does not have to title the vehicle immediately after purchase. If you do not go with the buyer to transfer the title, you have 30 days to file a Vehicle Transfer Notification. Complete the transfer notification online at the Texas DMV website or go to a county tax office. Completing the transfer notification limits your future liability for the vehicle if the buyer does not title the vehicle in her own name.