How to Transfer a Car Title in Iowa

To introduce a car title in the state of Iowa, it’s a good idea to read these instructions, locate all the appropriate lines on the title, and read any instructions on the title before you start filling in the information.

Turn to the back of your Iowa title and look at the top.

  1. On the top line, write the buyer’s name and full address.
  2. On the short line underneath, write in the car’s current mileage.
  3. Look on the right side of the page for the line that says “Date of sale.” Print the date the car was sold.
  4. Look for the line that says “Signature of seller(s).” Sign your name on the line. If two people need to sign to release interest in the vehicle, they both need to sign on the same line.
  5. Right under that, print the seller’s name.

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How to apply for a Replacement Title in Iowa?

Below are the five main steps for applying for a replacement title in Iowa.

  1. Complete an Application for Replacement of Certified Title to a Motor Vehicle (Form 411033).
  2. Have all owners showing on the current title sign the application. If the vehicle has a lien, only the lien holder can request a replacement title.
  3. Please mail the application to the county that originally issued the motor vehicle title, along with a check for the $25 fee.
  4. You must wait 5 days from the date the county receives your application. If you surrender the original altered or damaged title when you apply, the 5-day waiting period is waived.
  5. Pick up your replacement title from the county Treasurer’s office on the 6th day.