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I Mailed my Title to the DMV and Haven't Heard Anything Back

I mailed my registration title about a month ago to the DMV so I can get the car changed to my name and I haven't heard anything back yet.

Unfortunately the DMV does not accept title transfers by mail. That is more than likely the reason you have not heard back from them. The only way to transfer a vehicle title through the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles is to visit one of their local branch offices, perform the title transfer online through NeedTags, or visit a local third party registration service provider.

More than likely your vehicle's certificate of title was received by the DMV but securely discarded. No need to worry though. We'll explain how to complete the title transfer without a certificate of title below. You will need to contact the seller however, so hopefully you are able to reach them. The seller will need to sign a REG 227. The REG 227 is an application to obtain a duplicate title. Without the seller's signature indicating they are releasing liability and transferring ownership to you, it will be very difficult to complete a change of ownership. It'll be possible, but the DMV will need extensive documentation and a notarized statement of facts.

Assuming you can get in touch with the seller, you'll be able to complete your vehicle's title transfer and change ownership to your name by using an Application for Duplicate or Paperless Title (REG 227) instead of the actual certificate of title. The Application for Duplicate or Paperless Title (REG 227) must be signed by both you (buyer) and the seller in order to be valid and accepted by the DMV. Download the REG 227 from our DMV Forms Download page. Once the form is filled out and signed by the seller (exactly like the original title), you may visit the DMV in-person and transfer the vehicle to your name.

You may also visit a local privately owned vehicle registration service office for faster service for a nominal fee. You'll be able to take care of the entire process on the spot and without waiting in long lines.

For ultimate time-saving, process your title transfer without certificate of title using the NeedTags Online California Vehicle Title Transfer system. is the highest rated online vehicle title transfer service provider in California. Calculate fees and process your title transfer online, fast and easy.


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