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We highly recommend stopping in with your buyer to ensure the transfer of your vehicle; however, we understand that is not always convenient. Before giving the buyer the title, have the buyer fully complete the "Seller’s Notice of Sale" located at the bottom of the Minnesota title and keep it for your record. You can then complete a report of sale online under Driver Services. You may also stop in and we can report the sale online as well.
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Complete a Duplicate Title Application (PDF) before you come in. If necessary, we can look up the owner with a driver's license or vehicle plate number.
In many circumstances, duplicate titles may be available for issuance right away in-office.
For further information visit the Department of Public Safety (DPS) website or call the DPS at 651-297-2126.
To streamline the process, please complete the Application for Duplicate Plates and/or Stickers form (PDF) before your visit.
If you are the registered owner, come in with your ID, plate number and valid insurance information and we will issue you a registration card with your vehicle registration tabs.
If you are purchasing tabs for someone else without their renewal notice you will need to have an Authorization Form (PDF) completed along with a live ink signature by the owner.
Electronic insurance information is accepted.
Please begin by completing an Application To Title (PDF). If all owners are unable to stop in, please make sure they sign the bottom of the Application to Title and bring a copy of the front and back of their driver's license.
You will need your title, your auto insurance information including the company name, policy number, and policy expiration date (MM/DD/YYYY). Electronic insurance information is accepted. If you do not have your out-of-state title, you can bring the most current out-of-state registration card.
If there is a loan on the vehicle, we will need the lien holder's name, address and the date of loan (MM/DD/YYYY).
If this is a leased vehicle, we will need a Power of Attorney from the leasing company authorizing you to register the vehicle in Minnesota and their Minnesota Tax Account number. Please bring your lease agreement and arrive with a completed and printed Application To Title (PDF) and a Lessee Designation form (PDF). Note that because this is a leased vehicle the leasing company should be listed as the owner and their information listed on the Application To Title. Your information should be listed on the Lessee Designation form. If there is a loan on the vehicle that the leasing company would like listed we will need the lien holder's name, address and the date of loan (MM/DD/YYYY).
Due to COVID-19, please expect longer wait times and processing delays.
For further information visit the Department of Public Safety (DPS) website or contact the DPS at 651-297-2126.
In Minnesota, regardless if you took out a loan for your vehicle or not, you will receive a Minnesota title in the mail.
If you have both your Minnesota title and lien release in hand, you have two options:
If you lost your title please complete an application for a duplicate title (PDF), and bring both the form and the lien release in. We will release the lien when we order the duplicate title. (Fees may be applied to this transaction.)
The transfer fee is based many factors such as the age and the amount paid for the vehicle.
You can stop in with your vehicle identification number (VIN) or plate number and we are glad to calculate the fees for you. Due to COVID-19, expect possible longer than usual wait times.
See a list of general title transfer fees (PDF).
As of January 1st, 2016 you are required to provide your auto insurance company's name, policy number and expiration date (MM/DD/YYYY).
Visit Driver and Vehicle Service Online Services under Vehicle Services and and select “Search for Registration Tax Paid."
Yes, you can! Please complete the Special Plate Application (PDF) before your visit.