How to Transfer a Car Title in North Carolina

To introduce a car title in the state of North Carolina, 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. Note that North Carolina titles must be notarized. This can be done at any Division of Motor Vehicles office or the office of a notary public. Don’t fill out the title until you get to the office, and bring photo identification with you. If you don’t, the notary cannot notarize your signature.

Turn to the back of your North Carolina car title and look near the top.

  1. On the first line, print the buyer’s name.
  2. On the next line, print the buyer’s address.
  3. On the left side of the page, look for the box that says “Odometer reading.” Enter the vehicle’s current mileage in the box.
  4. To the right of the odometer information is a line that says “Seller’s signature(s).” The seller should sign their name here. If two people are selling the vehicle, they need to fit their signatures on this line.
  5. On the next line, the seller(s) should print their name(s).
  6. On the next line, the seller should print the date they signed their name, their county, and their state.
  7. Look for the line that says “Buyer’s signature(s).” The buyer should sign their name here. Again, if two people buy the vehicle, they must fit their signatures on this line.
  8. The buyer(s) should print their name(s) on the next line. Write the date the vehicle was delivered to the buyer to the left of that line.

For more information about transferring a car title in North Carolina, visit the Division of Motor Vehicles website.

How to apply for a replacement title in North Carolina?

Apply for a duplicate title in North Carolina if you have lost your original title or never received it. If you never received the title, the title fee is waived if you apply for the duplicate within 60 days.

There is a minimum 15-day wait before your request for a duplicate title to be processed. Your application for a duplicate title needs to be notarized, and you’ll need to submit a fee of $21.50.