Transfer Vehicle Ownership

Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday - Friday

Title transfer daily cut off time is 3:45pm.


Transfer Process

This is not all inclusive as to the purchase or transfer of vehicles. Title from state of last license is used to transfer (Minnesota's title is 7 inches by 11 inches green and white). If the title cannot be located, the seller must apply for a duplicate. The mileage as it appears on the odometer must be written on the title. Title will show current owner(s) name(s). All those whose name(s) appear(s) as owner(s) must sign as seller(s). If a lienholder is listed (bank, credit union or individual from whom money was borrowed), the lienholder must sign title or lien card releasing their interest in the vehicle. 

Transfer of ownership from the seller to the buyer is not finished until the completed title is turned in and the excise tax and related fees are paid. For unique situations or questions on vehicle transfers please visit or contact us.

Purchaser(s) Duties

Print full name(s), address, date(s) of birth, drivers license number(s) and sign. If no lien, check "None." If money was borrowed to purchase, the complete name and address of the lienholder(s), and the date of the lien must be printed on the title. 


Vehicle transfers from dealership to private individual(s) are usually handled by the dealership. However, out of state purchases of new vehicles require the Manufactured Statement of Origin (MSO) signed by the dealer with the individual(s) name(s) listed as purchaser(s). All transfers and new vehicles must be transferred within 10 days of purchase.