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Selling or Trading to an Individual
To process a title transfer please be in our office by 4:30 pm

Procedure For Selling Or Trading to an Individual

Before transferring possession, remove and keep your license plates. You may be entitled to a refund or credit of the unused portion of registration fees.

If you are purchasing another vehicle within 30 days and wish to receive credit toward the registration fees, fill out the bottom of your registration receipt for the sold vehicle and submit it with the application for title to your replacement vehicle. Note: must be done within 30 days of sale.

If you are not replacing the sold vehicle and wish to receive a refund, complete the bottom of your registration receipt and submit both the plates and registration to the County Treasurers Office. Note: To receive a refund, this must be done within six months of selling your vehicle. The state will not issue refunds for less than $10.

Title Paperwork
If the buyer is a resident of Iowa, after removing your license plates, give the buyer the following:
  • Completed Odometer and Damage Disclosure Statements
  • Certificate of Title with the assignment portion on the back completed. (Must be transferred within 30 days to avoid penalty.) Please read carefully before marking your responses to the questions. Alterations and erasures will void the whole title. Remember, the name and signature of the seller must be the same as it appears on the front of the title. If two owners are listed and the word "and" appears to the right of owner number one, then both owners must sign the back of the title. If the word "or" appears to the right of owner number one, then either owner can sign and only one signature is required
  • The name of the county in which the vehicle was last registered and the date your vehicle registration expires
  • A bill of sale containing VIN, purchase date, purchase price, purchasers name and signature of seller
  • Please contact our office if any of the following situations apply: your title was titled in a trust name, the seller is deceased, you are signing as POA for the seller, or any other unusual circumstances that may exist.
Please see Important Title Information for further instructions.