How to sign your Virginia title when selling your vehicle

The registered owner of the vehicle should complete the following steps: If there is more than one owner of the vehicle, both must sign the title.Click to enlarge

How to get a duplicate title

If the vehicle was last titled in a state other than Virginia, you must apply for a duplicate title in the previous state.

The registered owner of the vehicle should complete the following steps:

  1. Order a new title online through Virginia’s my DMV or
  2. Complete the Application for Supplemental Lien and Transfer Liens or Replacement and Substitute Titles.
  3. You can do one of two things:
 Take your duplicate title application to the local DMV, or Mail your application and processing fee to the VA division of motor vehicles at:

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

P.O. Box 27412

Richmond, Virginia, 23269

Please note that there may be a waiting period before a duplicate title can be issued and the cost is $10.00.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to return my licence plates?

Yes, unless you are transferring the plates to a new vehicle. You can return the plates to your local DMV office.

What should I do about my auto insurance?

You will need to notify your auto insurance company that you have sold the vehicle so they can either cancel your policy if the vehicle was sold, or transfer/renew the policy on your new vehicle.

Is there anything else I need to do?

You may need to notify your local DMV that you have sold the vehicle. You can contact them with any additional questions or concerns about the transfer of your title.