What is an Instant Title?

For a fee, an Instant Title (also known as a Fast Title) can be issued same-day, over-the-counter from either the Raleigh State Office or Charlotte State Office.

Changing Your Name?

To change the information on a Title, including name information, please request a Replacement Title.

Truck driving on NC Highway
Transferring to Family

If a vehicle is transferred between;

  • husband & wife,
  • parent & child or
  • stepparent & stepchild.

The recipient is exempt from the Highway Use Tax (HUT).

The exemption is applicable to North Carolina title transactions only.

Transferring the Title of your vehicle

When transferring ownership of a vehicle in North Carolina, the process is very similar to Titling & Registering a Vehicle.

When would a Title transfer be appropriate?

  • Buying or selling a vehicle
  • Gifting or donating

The Title Transfer requires an additional document to be provided, the original Title of the vehicle. The information on the back of the original Title must be filled out by both the original owner and recipient. This information includes;

  • Buyer/Recipient's name & address
  • Date of sale or date of delivery
  • Seller's signature & hand printed name
  • Odometer reading (if required)
  • Notarization
  • Damage Disclosure Statement

Title Transfer, Steps

Step 1, Requirements & Documents

Choose one of categories below that best describes what you're doing, then complete the corresponding documents and forms.

When completing forms and documents read and follow the complete set of directions. Identification will be required for all services that are processed in person. View Identification Acceptable Documents .

For vehicles purchased from an individual, complete these:
Vehicle Title
Notarization Required
Lien Release
Must be completed if any liens are shown on vehicle's title.
Title Application ( MVR-1 ) Declare all liens, Notarization Required.
Odometer Disclosure Statement ( MVR-180 ) Must be completed if the vehicle is less than 10 years old.
Damage Disclosure Statement ( MVR-181 )
Declaration of Eligible Risk ( MVR-615 )
For vehicles purchased from a dealer, complete these:
Vehicle Title
Notarization Required
Bill of Sale
Needed to show the vehicle's purchase price.
Title Application ( MVR-1 ) Declare all liens, Notarization Required.
Odometer Disclosure Statement ( MVR-180 ) Must be completed if the vehicle is less than 10 years old.
Damage Disclosure Statement ( MVR-181 )
Declaration of Eligible Risk ( MVR-615 )
For vehicles being donated or gifted, complete these:
Vehicle Title
Notarization Required
Lien Release
Must be completed if any liens are shown on vehicle's title.
Title Application ( MVR-1 ) Declare all liens, Notarization Required.
Odometer Disclosure Statement ( MVR-180 ) Must be completed if the vehicle is less than 10 years old.
Damage Disclosure Statement ( MVR-181 )
Declaration of Eligible Risk ( MVR-615 )
Acceptable proof of liability insurance:
Step 2, Submit & Pay Your Application

Payments for transactions at DMV Offices are accepted in the form of cash, money order or personal checks[?]. We cannot accept debit or credit cards at this time.

Title Transfer Fees
Certificate of Title $40.00
Instant Title $75.00
Duplicate Title with Reassignment $55.00
Tax, Vehicles [?] 3% Highway Use Tax

Vehicle Fees, Contact Information

Late Penalty Fee

If the buyer/recipient fails to submit the request for title transfer within 28 days from the date of delivery or notary date (whichever is later), the owner will be subject to a late penalty.

  • Failure to Transfer Title Within 28 Days, Fee: $15.00