Secretary of State
A title determines vehicle ownership. When you buy a vehicle, the title must be transferred into your name to verify the ownership has passed from the previous owner to you. If you are buying a vehicle at a dealership, the dealer will process the paperwork for transferring the title to you. However, for private vehicle sales or when transferring a vehicle to a family member, the responsibility for transferring the title rests with the seller and you.
Protect your title
Always keep your title in a safe place. Don't keep it in your vehicle.
Branch office appointment
1. it is highly recommended that you and the seller, go to a branch office to transfer the title and complete the vehicle purchase.
2. To transfer a title or obtain an instant title, make an appointment at a Secretary of State branch office
3. Both parties should bring a driver's license to present.
Title transfer fee -- $15
With a lien attached -- $16
Six percent use tax -- Based on the purchase price or the retail dollar value, whichever is higher. The use tax isn’t due with sales or transfers to a father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, husband, wife, grandparents, grandchildren, stepfather, stepmother, stepchild, stepsister, stepbrother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandparent-in-law, legal ward or legal guardian of the previous owner.
Instant title fee -- $5 for the service, other fees apply.