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Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

myBMV > Titles > Adding/Removing Name on Title Adding/Removing Name on Title

To add another name to the title of a vehicle or watercraft in order to establish joint ownership you must apply for a new title by completing an Application for Certificate of Title For A Vehicle - State Form 205  or an Application for Certificate of Watercraft Title – State Form 38529 and returning the form to a license branch.

The current owner of the vehicle/watercraft should fill in the purchaser's section of the title with his or her own information as well as the information of the individual whose name is being added to the title. The current owner of the vehicle/watercraft and the person whose name is being added to the title must sign the title application at a license branch; however, one of the individuals may give the other power of attorney to sign the title application in his or her name at the license branch. Power of attorney must be granted by completing a Power of Attorney - State Form 1940.

The vehicle/watercraft registration must also be changed at the license branch to reflect the new title.

Removing a Name From a Title

To remove a name from a title, the person whose name is being removed should fill in the seller's section of the title as if he or she were selling the vehicle/watercraft. The remaining owner should fill out the purchaser's section of the title as if he or she were purchasing the vehicle/watercraft, and then visit a license branch with the completed title to apply for a new title in his or her name only.

Still have questions? Contact the BMV