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Vehicle Certificate of Origin

What is a Vehicle Certificate of Origin?
So, what is a vehicle certificate of origin? If you’ve seen one, it looks like a title. It has the vehicle identification number on it, but it’s not a title. It doesn’t show ownership to a retail buyer. Instead, it demonstrates that the car was manufactured.

The Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO)
In some cases, it’s called an MSO (Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin) instead of a certificate of origin. It’s created by the manufacturer – Chevy, Ford, Honda, Toyota, whoever it is – and it shows that the vehicle was created. It’s like a birth certificate for the car, originating the VIN number.

The Role of the Certificate
This document is prior to titling to an individual person. It’s even prior to titling to a dealership. It may be assigned to a dealership, but it doesn’t have to stay there. Another dealership could take it over; they could trade cars and then sell it to a retail buyer.

Establishing Origin and Ownership
If your car has never been titled, you need to go back to the certificate of origin to get that origin established. Then, you can title it in your name.

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