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DMV Vehicle Title Rejection

So how do you deal with a DMV vehicle title rejection if you have a vehicle you’ve purchased and are attempting to get a title and the DMV has rejected your application?

Obtain a Rejection Letter
You want to start with getting a rejection letter. You want a formal version of that rejection so you know exactly what the reasons for the rejection are and what the deficiencies are in your application. That way you can start fixing that problem. If you just walk away with a verbal description, you may not be able to understand what that title agent actually needs to get that DMV application done.

Review the Rejection Letter
So once you get the rejection letter, you can look very specifically at what is needed. Users will have check marks, so if you need a notary, if you need a lien release, those will be checked off on the box-room. You’ll know what exactly to get.

Match Rejection with State Statutes
Match up the rejection with the statutes for that state. In some cases, a title application is rejected when in fact it’s sufficient as presented. The statutes weren’t understood properly by that DMV agent. If that’s the case, you may want to check with other locations, other DMV locations, or other reps even in the same office. Sometimes if you go to a different person, they’ll be able to interpret the statutes correctly.

Seek Consumer Advice
If you need consumer advice about your title application, you can reach us at our website,

Understand Rejection Points
Also start by boiling down the reasons for the rejection. Make sure you understand exactly what all those rejection points are, because it might only be really just one thing. You need one piece of paper to solve all of that.

Be Cautious with Bonded Titles
Be very careful with bonded titles. If you’ve been rejected by the DMV and you try to get a bonded title, the bonding company might reject your bond for the same reason. So make sure that any of the problems you can solve, you do that first. Because a bonded title is only going to work if the bonding company agrees that these rejection aspects are not crucial, not fatal to getting a title.

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