In the meantime, read through the answers to these frequently asked questions about car titles:
What is a Title Search?
A title search is a method used by car buyers to ensure they are purchasing a safe and legal vehicle. A title search will allow consumers to check the status of a car title, verify lien holder accuracy, see if it has been processed, and whether or not there has ever been a lien recorded on the title certificate.
What is a Title Search Database?
Federal title search databases like the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System are organizations that were put into operation by the government for the purpose of preventing fraudulent car sales. This includes educating consumers on better buying choices, protecting consumers from buying unsafe cars, and preventing stolen cars from being resold. State administrations, including law enforcement, use title search databases for crime deterrence.
How Can I Check The Status of a Title?
To check the status of any valid car title, all you have to do is visit a federal title search database like National Motor Vehicle Title Information System. Once there, you will need to enter the vehicle identification number (VIN), as well as the make and model of the vehicle, where prompted. You cannot check the status of a car titled without the proper VIN.
How Do I Get My Title Number For My Car?
A title number, also known as a “control” or “document” number, is the unique numerical sequence assigned to a vehicle. It is 8 digits long and located on a vehicle’s registration card between the plate number and the VIN. It is also located on the title. If you do not have your title or registration card, visit your local BMV for information and replacement instructions.
How Can I Check The Title of a Car?
In order to implement a title check on a car, you will need to follow a few steps. First, locate the VIN and have a credit card handy. Most often, title searches are not free, but they usually run under $10. Second, choose a trusted title search portal, like the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System. Last, follow the portal’s instructions on completing a title search.
Do I Need a Car Title?
Having a title is not necessary but having a vehicle with a title is worth more because of the potential to resell the automobile. If you have questions about your title, please refer to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. If your title is lost or destroyed, you will need to apply for a Certificate of Authority. Visit our FAQS PAGE to download a free application.