Car Title Transfer

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 arebuying a vehicle from a private party
  • If you are buying a vehicle from a dealership
  • If you are selling the vehicle

Private Party Transfer of Title

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:

  • The vehicle’s odometer reading
  • The vehicle’s purchase date
  • The vehicle’s selling price

Once the title has been properly filled out, visit your local BMV office and submit:

  • A completed Application for Certificate of Title – Form 44049.
  • An Odometer Disclosure Statement (if the title does not include this information).
  • Proof of vehicle inspection (if applicable).
  • Proof of your identity (a valid Indiana driver’s license, learner’s permit, or identification card).

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.

Car Dealership Transfer of Title

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:

  • Proof of sales tax paid (ST108 – Certificate of Gross Retail or Use Tax Paid – State Form 48842 provided by the dealership).
  • Properly assigned Certificate of Origin or Certificate of Title.

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.

How do I Transfer Car Title when Selling a Vehicle

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:

  • The vehicle’s selling price
  • The vehicle’s odometer reading
  • The vehicle’s purchase date

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.

Title Transfer Fees in Indiana

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:

  • Duplicate title ($8)
  • Delinquent fee ($21.50)
  • Speed title service ($25)
  • Salvage title ($4)
  • Delinquent salvage title ($10)

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