Title and Registration
Title and registration are the two main components of vehicle ownership, but they are not the same. While registration allows you to drive on public roads, titling only proves ownership. In most cases you must first title your vehicle before registering.
Registration renewals are due by the primary owner's birthday. As a courtesy, reminders are sent by mail. However, it is your responsibility to renew your registration by the due date. If you haven't seen your renewal reminder, and your birthday is coming soon, it is a good idea to go ahead and renew. We don't need the mailed reminder to process your renewal.
You can renew online anytime, and your decal will be mailed to you. Pay attention to the address we have on file, and make any changes if necessary.
Go Green! Sign up for email renewal reminders. Signing up for this service will cancel any future mailed renewals for all vehicles in the primary owner's name. They are more reliable, and come sooner than the traditional, mailed notice.
Vehicles that require a title to register:
- 1986 and newer model vehicles
- Travel trailers, campers, and horse trailers
- Motor homes
- Trailers weighing more than 2,000 pounds
Vehicles that do not require a title to register:
- 1962 and older model vehicles
- Trailers weighing 2,000 pounds or less
- 1963 - 1985 model vehicles (Titling is optional)
Instructions for Filling Out a Title
- Look at the front of the title. Make sure any listed lien holders have signed off. (Box B-C)
- If the lien has not been signed off, you will need a lien release from the previous owner's lien holder.
- Flip the title over to the back.
- Make sure all owners on the front of the title (Box A) have printed their names and signed as seller in Section 1.
- Print your full legal name (just like it is on your driver’s license) (Line 2)
- If you have changed your name, you will need a court document showing that change (i.e., Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree or Change of Name).
- If another person will have ownership, their name must be listed too. We do not need the secondary owner’s address.
- Print your current residential address. (Section 3)
- If you have a different mailing address, you will write that on the Title Application.
- Write the date you purchased your vehicle. (Line 4).
- If you make a mistake, any correction adds a $10.00 penalty. Wait until you come into the office before making a correction to the purchase date.
- Write the current mileage (Line 5).
- If you make a mistake, stop. Do not mark out the mileage. If the mileage on the back of the title is more than the mileage on the front of the title, we will accept that amount.
- If you wrote your mileage less than what is on the front of the title, relax. We have an affidavit to correct the problem.
- Print your full legal name (just like it is on your driver’s license) (Section 6)
- The secondary owner’s name goes here as well.
- Sign your name (however you normally sign) just below your printed name. (Section 6)
- If you are making payments on the vehicle, write the name and address of the person or company to whom you are sending your payments in Section 7.
Erasures, whiteout, blackout, and scribbles will void a title. If you are unsure of what to do, call us or come into the office and we will be happy to help you, or provide you with the proper correction forms.