Virginia Transfer Car Title

Do you need to transfer your car title in Virginia? If a VA car title is currently in your name, but should be amended, learn more about the process and get started by following the steps below.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.




Title Transfer in Virginia

To transfer a title that is registered in a deceased individual's name depends on the circumstance, below is the most common situation.

You are considered a joint owner with the right of survivorship if:

  • Your name is listed on the title as one of the vehicle owners and "or" appears between the names listed, or
  • The words "or survivor" appear after the names.

You may re-title the deceased's vehicle in your name by submitting to DMV the following documents: a certified or notarized death certificate, the vehicle title and payment of appropriate fees. Once these documents have been presented, the DMV will issue a new title and registration in your name.

For more information, please visit the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles: http://www.dmv.state.va.us/.