Each time you buy a new or used vehicle in Indiana, you or the salesperson must complete a car title transfer with the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) within 31 days of making the purchase.
Likewise, you will also be required to complete a transfer of title if you received a vehicle with an Indiana title as a gift.
Note that the requirements for completing a car title transfer in IN will vary, depending on these factors:
If you are buying a vehicle from a third party seller, the process of transferring car titles into your name rests entirely on your shoulders
The first thing you will have to do is make sure that the seller signs the appropriate section of the vehicle’s title and fills in your information as the vehicle’s new owner. Additionally, see that the seller removes the license plate from the vehicle at the time of the transaction and have him or her fill out the following information:
Once the title has been properly filled out, visit your local BMV office and submit:
Note: As part of titling fees, the private purchase of a vehicle in Indiana will require you to pay a seven percentsales tax at a license branch.
If you buy a vehicle/s from an Indiana licensed dealership that partners with the Indiana BMV, the responsibility for transferring car titles into your name lies with them. However, if the dealership does not partner with the BMV, you will have to commence the titling process yourself by providing the information and documents listed in the previous section, as well as:
If 10 days have passed, and you have yet to receive your car title, you may be granted the option to return your car for a refund. If 21 days or so have passed, and you have yet to receive your new car title, send a letter to the dealer requesting an update.
Note: If a vehicle is purchased from an Indiana dealership, the dealer will collect the 7 percent sales tax.
In order to sell your vehicle to a private party buyer, you must fill out any required sections of your original car title. You will also need to note the following details:
Note that intentional failure of the seller or transferor to fill in all buyer information is a Class A misdemeanor or a Class D felony.You will also be required to remove the license plate from the vehicle at the time of the transaction and disclose if the vehicle is in salvage or rebuilt condition (if applicable).
As the seller, you may be eligible for an excise tax refund, for which you can apply at any Indiana license branch.
The cost for obtaining a new title in Indiana amounts to $15. Additional fees associated with various vehicle title requests will cost you the amounts listed below:
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