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The Ultimate Guide to Transferring a Vehicle Title in Arizona

Transferring a vehicle title in Arizona is an important step when buying or selling a vehicle. It ensures that the legal ownership is properly transferred to the new owner. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the process of transferring a vehicle title in the state of Arizona, including the necessary forms, costs, processing locations, and answers to the top 5 common questions about title transfers.


How to Transfer a Vehicle Title in Arizona

Follow these steps to transfer a vehicle title in Arizona:

  • Step 1: Obtain the Required Forms:Before you start the title transfer process, gather the necessary forms. The main form you’ll need is the Title and Registration Application (Form 96-0236). You can download this form from the official website of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).
  • Step 2: Complete the Application FormFill out the Title and Registration Application (Form 96-0236) accurately, providing all the required information about the buyer, seller, and vehicle details. Take your time and review the form carefully to ensure there are no errors or missing information.
  • Step 3: Provide Additional Required Documents: In addition to the application form, you’ll need to provide the following documents:
    • The vehicle’s original title certificate, properly assigned to the buyer
    • A bill of sale as proof of purchase, including information about the buyer, seller, and vehicle details
    • Valid identification for both the buyer and seller
    • Proof of passing an emissions test (if applicable)
    • A Level 1 or Level 2 Vehicle Inspection (if applicable)

    Ensure that all the documents are complete, signed, and accurate to avoid any delays in the transfer process.

  • Step 4: Pay the Title Transfer Fees:Transferring a vehicle title in Arizona comes with certain fees. The key fees include a title transfer fee of $4 and a Vehicle License Tax (VLT) fee based on the vehicle’s assessed value and the tax rate for the county in which you reside. For the most up-to-date fee information, visit the ADOT title and registration fee page.
  • Step 5: Submit the Title Transfer Application:Once you have completed the necessary forms, gathered the required documents, and made the payment, you can submit your title transfer application. Title transfers in Arizona are processed through the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). You can find your local MVD office by visiting the ADOT MVD Office Locations page.

Top 5 Common Questions about Title Transfers in Arizona

Q1.Do I need a notary to transfer a vehicle title in Arizona?
No, a notary’s services are not required for a vehicle title transfer in Arizona. The buyer and seller can simply sign the necessary documents.

Q2. What if I lost the vehicle title?
If the original vehicle title is lost, you will need to apply for a duplicate title. Complete the Duplicate Certificate of Title Application (Form 96-0236), available on the ADOT forms page.

Q3.Can I transfer a vehicle title online in Arizona?
Yes, Arizona offers an online platform called ServiceArizona that allows for select title transfers. Visit the ServiceArizona website to check if your transaction can be processed online.

Q4. Is an emissions test required for a title transfer in Arizona?
In some cases, an emissions test may be required for a title transfer. It depends on the vehicle’s age and location. Check the ADOT Vehicle Emissions Inspections page to determine if your vehicle needs an emissions test.

Q5. How long does it take to receive the new title?
The processing time for a new title in Arizona can vary. Generally, it takes around 4-6 weeks to receive the new title by mail after submitting all the necessary documents and fees.

We hope this comprehensive guide has provided you with all the necessary information to successfully transfer a vehicle title in Arizona. Accurately complete the forms, gather the required documents, pay the fees, and process the title transfer at your local Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) office. Safe travels! For further details, visit the official ADOT website.
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Sep 25, 2023