Do I need to be present at the DMV when signing over the title?

Q) I currently live in Wisconsin and will be giving my car to my Mother (no money changing hands), who lives in Freeport. I outright own my car and there is no money owed on it. My question is in regards to the transfer of title. Do I need to be present at the DMV when signing over the title (or for any other reason), or is this something I can do remotely and something only my Mother needs to be present for?

A) The process of transferring a car title varies from one state to the next. However, some steps are generally the same. Its best to visit your state Department Of Motor Vehicle website and review the process of transferring title. You need to carefully follow the steps required by your state.

In simple situations where you own the vehicle outright and wish to transfer ownership to someone else, all you must do is complete a title certificate.

You do not need to visit the DMV to complete the transfer.

Once you have filled out and signed the certificate, the buyer or recipient can take the title to a local DMV office and officially transfer ownership. The steps the buyer or recipient will have to follow will vary from state to state, but it’s usually an easy and straightforward process.

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