Minnesota Titles and Transfers


NOTE: The following information is intended to give a general outline of most title transfers and may not be complete or apply to all situations. The only way to know if you have all of the required information is to present it to a representative at a License Center.  Please Email Us with any questions.

Effective January 1, 2016, per Minnesota Statutes 2014, Section 169.798 ,Subd.4 Every owner applying for a self-propelled motor vehicle or motorcycle/moped registration, re-registration, or transfer of ownership must provide proof of insurance. Required insurance information includes the insurance company’s name, the policy number and the policy expiration date for the motor vehicle or motorcycle. 

How Do I Transfer a Minnesota Title?

You will need to bring in the most current title. If you do not have the most current title, please visit our Replacement Title page.  All sellers must complete and sign the title in the seller’s section on the front of the title.  All buyers must complete and sign the buyer’s section (next to seller’s section) as well as complete and sign the “Application for Title by Buyer” section. Please view this Title Transfer Guide to assist in filling out the title.


Is there a Lienholder Listed on the title?

If the title has a lienholder listed on it, you must present an original signed lien release card or a notarized lien release from the lending institution.  It is the vehicle owner’s responsibility to provide this at the time of sale.  If the lien release has been lost or not received, you or your seller must contact the lien holder to get a duplicate.



Any alteration or erasure to the title will void it. This includes crossing out or using correction fluid/tape on incorrect information once it has been written. If an alteration occurs, both buyers and sellers will need to complete and sign a corrected title form. If the alteration is to remove a persons’ name from the buyer’s section you must complete this form.  All other alterations or corrections (including the date, odometer corrections and purchase price) please complete the  Application for Corrected title/Odometer form.  Please Email Us with any questions.


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