Vehicle Services

Buying and Selling Your Vehicle

Service ArizonaSelling Your Vehicle


When a vehicle is sold (or otherwise transferred) you, the seller, are required to:

  • complete a sold notice
  • sign off the back of the title and have your signature notarized
  • remove the license plate from the vehicle and transfer it to another vehicle you own, return it to an MVD office, or destroy it
  • give the title to the buyer with any lien release, if applicable
  • within 30 days transfer the plate credit to another vehicle that you own, or request a plate refund
Sold Notice/Transfer of Ownership
Complete a Sold Notice

When you sell, trade-in, end your lease, donate, or otherwise transfer ownership of your vehicle, you must notify MVD by immediately completing a Sold Notice. This is a free service. This notice may help protect you from liability if the vehicle is:

  • used for criminal activity
  • involved in an accident
  • ticketed
  • abandoned ($500 fee)

Upon sale or transfer of a vehicle, the registration for that vehicle is no longer valid. The buyer must visit any MVD or Authorized Third Party office to transfer the title and register the vehicle.

If it is necessary to drive the vehicle to complete this transaction, the buyer must obtain a Restricted Use Three-Day Permit, for private sales, or a Temporary Registration Plate, for vehicles purchased from a licensed dealer.

For additional information, please see our Vehicle Services FAQ.

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Civil Rights

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) y otras normas y leyes antidiscriminatorias, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieran asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles de ADOT en Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más antes posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.