Vehicle Services


Title Holding

Lienholders hold the title until the lien is satisfied. The vehicle owner must hold a valid registration.

All title transactions, including new, transfer, duplicate and corrected, that indicate a lien are processed in the usual manner. However, after the transaction is recorded by MVD, the lienholder is responsible for maintaining the title.

The current regulations for title liens began Jan. 1, 2003, and were updated May 31, 2010, pursuant to Laws 2009, Chapter 70. An electronic lien and title (ELT) is an electronic method by which MVD and authorized lienholders exchange essential vehicle, lien and title information. Lienholders are required to perfect or release liens using the current ELT process through an approved ELT Service Provider. This process eliminates the need for printing and mailing individual paper titles. Once the lien has been satisfied, a lienholder sends an electronic message releasing the lien. MVD then forwards the title to the vehicle owner or to the next lienholder of record. This method results in faster service to vehicle owners.

Civil Penalties

A lien is satisfied once a lienholder receives payment in full. Full satisfaction of a lien is met under these conditions:

  • Good funds received
  • Wire transfer complete
  • Cleared check
  • Funds debited from account

Penalties may be assessed to any lienholder who does not surrender a certificate of title (electronic or paper) upon the full satisfaction of the lien and the request of the legal vehicle owner. The title must be delivered within 15 business days of full satisfaction of the lien.

Lienholders found in violation may receive penalties that range from $50 to a maximum of $500 per title.

For more information, please see our Vehicle FAQs.

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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.