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Did you know that you can put a hold on your vehicle title to prevent it from being transferred without your knowledge? If you’re in a situation where your vehicle is in the hands of someone else and you are concerned about the vulnerability of your vehicle title, you can use this method to secure your asset. All states have a method to block car title transfers. But if a title is so difficult to get, why would a vehicle owner want to consider blocking a title transfer?
The vehicle title assigns the legal ownership of a vehicle and therefore is an extremely valuable document for a vehicle. To block the transfer of title, there must be a significant threat to the security of the vehicle. Here are some examples of when a vehicle owner may place a hold on their title:
Every state has a process to place a hold on a vehicle title. In California, it’s known as a Courtesy Stop Request. To file a courtesy stop request, first, you’ll want to get good legal advice and sue the person or people who are threatening your title and vehicle. After filing, you’ll complete the Courtesy Stop Request form (Reg 500) and write your motion for a preliminary injunction. Next, the complaint, motion, and all related papers must be served personally to all parties. The submission of this form automatically stops the DMV from transferring the title for 60 days. After that 60 day period, if a court date has not yet been set, the applicant can apply for an extension or remove the hold.
If you are concerned about the safety of your vehicle title, don’t wait to take the necessary steps to keep it secure. Contact your state DMV and place a hold on your title until the situation has been resolved.
Don’t let uncertainty hold you back. If it’s your car, you deserve a title.
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