A title is a legal document that indicates ownership of property, including vehicles. When a vehicle is bought or sold in the state, a title transfer must be done to allow the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to keep track of who owns the vehicle. These transfers may be done at our office.
Title transfers are involved with matters such as:
In these situations, the dealer will take care of the title transfer. If the dealer fails to do so, however, contact PennDOT at (800) 932-4600 for instructions on how to proceed.
Vehicle purchases rank second only to housing purchases in terms of dollars spent. So, obviously, you'll want to proceed cautiously when buying a vehicle.
Once you've made your decision and purchased the vehicle, you'll need to transfer the title by:
You should have the vehicle inspected within 10 days of purchasing the vehicle if the inspection and emission stickers have expired.
When doing a title transfer after you've received a vehicle as a gift, you don't have to pay sales tax. But, you must prove that sales tax was paid by the giver when that person bought the vehicle. Other than that, you'll need to finish the transfer by:
The proper way to handle a title transfer following the death of the vehicle owner varies tremendously according to a number of factors. You might want to consult a probate attorney for guidance, or at least be sure to read the PennDOT fact sheet that covers many scenarios.
But, here's how to handle the common situation of when the heir is named in the will, and the will isn't in probate: