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All of the following title situations are processed by the BMV Central Office. The available packets provide a detailed list of the documents required to be submitted with the application. Prior to submitting each application, verify all required information is included. Mail the completed application to the address specified in each packet.
If you cannot obtain a certificate of title from the seller, and the vehicle is valued at $5,000 or less according to NADA clean retail value, you may apply for a certificate of title by completing an Affidavit of Ownership for a Vehicle – State Form 23037. Visit nada.com to confirm the clean retail value of your vehicle prior to applying.
Watercraft and manufactured homes are not eligible for the affidavit of ownership title application process.
A salvage title is required for motor vehicles manufactured within the last seven model years that have been wrecked or damaged. When requested, a salvage title may be issued for a vehicle over seven model years old.
A person who owns a vehicle that has a certificate of title that is faulty, lost, or destroyed, or who is the possessor of an abandoned vehicle may apply to the BMV for authority to sell, give away, or dispose of the vehicle for scrap metal without applying for a certificate of title.
An approved Certificate of Authority – Disposal of a Motor Vehicle – State Form 55018 must be provided to the automotive salvage recycler, or other appropriate facility when disposing of the vehicle.
To request a rebuilt title brand for a vehicle previously branded as salvage, you must apply for a salvage restoration title.
A person that performs labor, furnishes materials or storage, or does repair work on a vehicle has a mechanic’s lien on the vehicle for the reasonable value of the charges for the labor, materials, storage, or repairs.
If the charges are not satisfied within 30 days after the vehicle comes in the person’s possession, the person who has the mechanic’s lien against the vehicle must advertise the vehicle for sale at public auction. The vehicle may not be sold until the later of 15 days after the date the vehicle is advertised for sale or 15 days after notice of the intent to sell has been sent to the owner.
If your vehicle does not have a vehicle identification number (VIN), or if the VIN has been altered or defaced, you must apply for a special identification number (MVIN) before you can apply for a certificate of title or registration.
If you are unable to establish ownership through any one of the available BMV title application processes, you must obtain a court order. Once you have received the court order, you may apply for a certificate of title through the BMV.
All new title and registration applications for a school bus or special purpose bus must be processed by the BMV Central Office.
Title and registration applications for municipal corporations, including law enforcement, must be processed by the BMV Central Office.