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How To Sell A Car In Delaware – Following the Procedures Of The Delaware DMV

How To Sell A Car In Delaware

As you prepare to sell your car here in Delaware, there are certain tasks that you have to take care of. Thankfully, the Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles makes the process of selling a vehicle convenient and easy. Check out our guide on selling a car in Delaware and go in for the fast sale!

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The Title Transfer Process Between Two Delaware Residents

As you prepare to sell your car to another Delaware resident, the DMV has some steps that you must follow.

  1. For two Delaware residents engaged in a car sale, and to transfer a vehicle that is titled in Delaware, the seller has to complete the Assignment of Certificate of Title section on the back of the title (Section 1).
  2. Next, make sure that you include the buyer's name and address, purchase price, Odometer Disclosure and date of sale.
  3. In Delaware, all vehicle sellers must sign the title and print their name(s) in the appropriate blocks, if ownership is indicated as “AND” on the front of the title.
  4. For vehicle ownership indicated as “AND/OR” only one owner must complete the seller's section (Section 1).

Signatures and More Tasks for Both Seller and Buyer

  1. The vehicle buyer(s) must also sign this section and print their names.
  2. The seller of the car now has to fill out the back of the registration card or the Seller's Report of Sale.
  3. Then that seller must take it to the Division of Motor Vehicles.
  4. The seller has to also make sure that the buyer's name, date of sale, hours of sale, buyer’s address and seller's signature are included.
  5. Please note that the Seller's Report of Sale is located at the bottom of the new Delaware title.
  6. The buyers of the vehicle must also take the time to fill out the Purchaser's Application (Section 4) on the back of the title.
  7. This must be filled out exactly as they want the information to appear on the title.
  8. Additionally, all applicants must write in their driver's license number and date of birth.
  9. All buyers must sign this application. For a vehicle that is financed, the buyer must also fill out the Lien Section on the back of the title (Section 3).
  10. Here in Delaware, you do not have to visit a notary for a signature on a title.

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Delaware Titled Vehicles That Are Sold to An Out-Of-State Buyer

Once a Delaware titled vehicle is sold to a buyer who is out-of-state the seller of the vehicle has to fill out the Assignment of Certificate of Title section 1 , located on the back of the title. That seller has to include the following:

  1. Buyer’s name
  2. Buyer’s address
  3. Date of sale
  4. Purchase price
  5. Odometer disclosure
  6. Printed name of seller(s)
  7. Signature of seller(s)

Additional Points to Note

  1. When ownership is indicated on the front of the Delaware title as (& OR)”, then only one seller has to sign and print their name in section 1.
  2. For ownership that is indicated on the front of the Delaware title as (AND)”, then all of the sellers of the vehicle have to sign and print their name in section 1.

More Tasks for Seller

Additionally, the seller has to fill out the back of the registration card as well as the seller's report of sale (report of sale is the detachable bottom portion of the title). Once done, the seller has to forward that document to the following address below:

Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles
Data Management Section
P.O. Box 698
Dover, Delaware 19903

It is also important to note that The Seller’s Report of sale has to have the buyer’s name and address, date of sale, seller’s signature and selling price.

The License Plate

You must remove the license plate from the vehicle and turn it into any Delaware DMV office.

The state of Delaware will issue a temporary tag. This allows the buyer to drive the vehicle to the state where the vehicle will be titled. The tag will be valid for 5 days. You can but that tag at any DMV office for a fee of $20.00. The buyer must have the following:

    • Driver license/ID
    • Bill of sale or certificate of title signed over to the purchaser(s)
    • The VIN or Vehicle identification number,
    • Vehicle make and year.
    • Valid proof of insurance on the vehicle being purchased or a vehicle titled in their home state

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How To Sell A Car in Delaware – How Do I get a Duplicate Car Title?

To get a duplicate title you have to fill out an Application for Duplicate Title (MV213). You must also submit the following with your application:

  1. License Plate Number (Delaware requires that prefixes like PC, C, CL, MC and etc. must be placed before the numbers)
  2. Make, Model, Year and Color of the vehicle
  3. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  4. Owner(s) name(s) and address
  5. Owner(s) signature(s)
  6. Driver License/ID number(s)
  7. Expiration of the tag/registration

Additional Duties to Obtain A Duplicate Car Title

  • All vehicle owners have to sign the Application for Duplicate Title (MV213). Car owners must also provide their driver license number(s).
  • Delaware allows for The Power of Attorney to sign for the owner(s).
  • If the owner has signed this form while authorizing you to process the request on their behalf, then you have to sign your name. You must also give your driver license number on the space provided. Thirdly, you have to make a copy of your driver license/ID and submit that too.

What if I Want A Duplicate Car Title but I have a Lien?

For cars with a lien:

  1. The lien holder has to fill out one of the sections at the bottom of the MV213.
  2. Delaware allows for a separate lien release from the lien holder on their letterhead with the following: 1) Signature of Authorized Agent, 2) Lien Satisfaction, 3) Vehicle Information and 4) Owners information.

Additional Information for Obtaining A Duplicate Car Title

Here are some additional steps for getting a duplicate car title:

If the lien holder needs the title and fails to fill out the bottom of the MV213 to acknowledge the duplicate, Delaware will accept a letter from the lien holder stating the need for a duplicate car title. Click here to read more!

Delaware does not allow a new lien to be placed on the title at the same time the duplicate title is issued.

You must apply for a duplicate title first. After the duplicate is complete, a lien is placed as a supplementary title after the issuance of the duplicate title.

There is also a fee of $50.00 for the Application for Duplicate Title. Click here to read more from the DMV!

How To Sell A Car In Delaware – Tips for Selling A Car Privately

The State of Delaware has additional information for car sellers. Check out their guidelines below!

Selling A Vehicle to an Out-of-State Buyer

  1. Once a vehicle is sold to an out-of-state buyer, you as the seller must fill out the Assignment of Certificate of Title section 1, which is located on the back of the title.
  2. Make sure that you include the buyer's name and address, purchase price, date of sale, and odometer disclosure
  3. When ownership is noted on the front of the Delaware title as (& OR) Delaware requires that only one seller sign and print their name in section 1.
  4. For ownership noted as (AND), then Delaware requires that all sellers sign and print their name in section 1.

Selling a Vehicle to an In-State (Delaware) Buyer

  1. If you the seller as well as the buyer are both able to meet to head do the Delaware DMV, that would be ideal. There, the two of you can ensure the transfer of the title to the buyer.
  2. But if the seller and buyer cannot meet at the DMV, then Delaware asks that you follow the same procedures of that of an out-of-state-buyer.

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Getting Your Car Ready for Sale!

Congratulations! You now have a good footing of all procedures that a seller has to do! Check out some “to do items” to sell your car!

  1. Get your car inspected. AS a seller, you want to prepare for your sale. So, whether you’re selling your car as a car, or its parts, you want to know the best course of action. What better way to do this, than to get a mechanic to examine your car?
  2. Clean your car. Don’t forget to clean your car on the inside as well as out. Vacuum the interior and wipe down the console too!
  3. Get a vehicle report. Don’t forget to give your perspective buyer a vehicle. Report, this shows you as a trustworthy and straightforward seller. Click here to get one!

With a great game plan and the right paperwork, you can sell a car in Delaware successfully! Good luck and congratulations in advance for that wonderful sale!

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