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Vehicle Title from Previous Owner

If you’ve lost the title for a vehicle that wasn’t yet in your name, your first step should be to determine if you still have access to the seller. More importantly, ascertain whether the seller is the legal title owner. If they are, the solution could be straightforward: they can obtain a duplicate from the DMV and sign it over to you again.

Dealing with Unavailable Sellers
If the original seller is unavailable or wasn’t the legal title owner, the situation becomes more complicated. In such cases, you’ll need to explore other available records, such as a bill of sale or registration. These documents can guide you through the legal process of transferring the title into your name.

Special Case: Vermont’s Process
Fortunately, some states offer alternative routes to obtaining a title. For instance, Vermont has a unique process where they may issue you a title based solely on a bill of sale, provided the vehicle meets certain qualifications. This process is straightforward and doesn’t require the vehicle to have ever been in Vermont or for you to be located there.

Navigating the Process
You can initiate this process yourself without needing to hire anyone. The necessary documents can be obtained from our website at Additionally, if you encounter any tricky title problems or need guidance, you can seek assistance from consumers title org, where we offer free advice.

Seeking Help
While starting with the DMV is advisable, sometimes they may not provide all the answers. In such cases, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. We understand the complexities of title issues and can provide the guidance you need to resolve them effectively.

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