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Selling a vehicle is something that will happen at some point in the lives of the vast majority of residents in the state of New Hampshire. One thing you need to know about selling a vehicle in New Hampshire is the vehicle’s certificate of title is the only form you need when selling it in the state as a private party. In the event that the vehicle is title exempt, you will have to provide a completed bill of sale along with a New Hampshire certificate of registration or a valid certificate of the vehicle title. The buyer might also need to get VIN verification for the vehicle as well if it is title exempt.

Signing Over the Title in New Hampshire

Signing over the vehicle title is a common part of the process of selling a vehicle to someone else. However, in New Hampshire, there are several steps you have to take in order to do so. First, you should flip the title over to the reverse side and write in the buyer’s name address along with the current odometer reading of the vehicle. After that, you have to sign the title. The buyer also needs to sign the title, as well. Once you have done that, hand over the vehicle title to the buyer. If your vehicle is title exempt, the process is different. You will have to give the buyer a completed Bill of Sale along with either a New Hampshire certificate of registration or a valid certificate of the vehicle title. The certificate of registration can be current or expired and the certificate of the vehicle title can be from New Hampshire or from out of state.

What If You Lost the Title?

Unless your vehicle is title exempt, you will need the title in order to sell the vehicle. If you lost or misplaced the vehicle title, you will have to fill out and submit an Application for Duplicate Title to the New Hampshire DMV. You will have to pay a fee to get a duplicate title. The fee for a duplicate copy of your title certificate is $25. If the vehicle has a lien on record when the vehicle is sold, you will have to complete a Release of Lien or Other Encumbrances form. Once you have done that, you will need to submit the completed Release of Lien or Other Encumbrances form to the NH DMV. If the vehicle is jointly owned, all owners will have to sign the Release of Lien or Other Encumbrances form.

Transferring License Plates in New Hampshire

Transferring license plates is a common thing to do after you have sold your vehicle in many states. This is also the case in the state of New Hampshire, as well. You can transfer your license plates from one vehicle to another. However, you can only do so as long as both vehicles are registered in the same name. You cannot transfer your license plates to the person who purchases your vehicle. The process of transferring your license plates in the state of New Hampshire is actually quite simple. All you have to do is simply register the vehicle you want to transfer the license plates to after you’ve bought it and that vehicle will now have those license plates. You will have to surrender your license plates if you move out of New Hampshire.

Fees for Title/Registration in New Hampshire

The registration fees can vary in the state of New Hampshire. For vehicles that weigh up to 3,000 pounds, the registration fee is $31.20 and for vehicles that weigh up to 5,000 pounds, the registration fee is $43.20. Vehicles weighing up to 8,000 pounds cost $55.20 to register in the state of New Hampshire. There is also a fee in order to get a title for the vehicle, as well. If you are getting a vehicle title, the fee for doing so is $25. This is the fee no matter whether you buy the vehicle from a private party in New Hampshire or from a dealership in the state of New Hampshire. However, you do not have to pay any title fee if your vehicle is title exempt, which you can figure out by going here.

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