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Vermont Title Process – Common Mistakes

Today we’re going to look at the top few common errors that are made on the Vermont registration form, which is what many people use to get a title when you only have a bill of sale. We’ve spoken to Vermont numerous times and gathered insights from files and cases for our clients. They’ve shared with us the common errors they see when customers fill out the form themselves, and we’re going to go over those with you so you can avoid those issues if you decide to do this on your own.

  • Error 1: Incorrect Selection in Section 4 The first most common error is in Section 4, where you’re asked what is being applied for. Many clients select “title only” because they intend to get a title. However, in Vermont, you’re actually getting a registration, not the title itself. So, the box you need to check off is “new registration,” not “title only.”
  • Error 2: Overcomplicating Section 3 The second common error is in Section 3, where people start putting down things like lien holders and prior owners. All you really need to do in Section 3 is enter the name of the person you bought the car from. It must match your bill of sale exactly.
  • Error 3: Mistakes in Section 1 Another common error is when completing Section 1 (“Vehicles Owned”). People often put down the name of the prior owner instead of their own. This results in the registration being issued in someone else’s name.

Additional Considerations: A couple of other things to watch out for:

  • Ensure the registration type matches the vehicle (car, truck, or motorcycle).
  • Avoid applying for an antique plate, as it can complicate the process.
  • Provide accurate information regarding the vehicle’s weight and brake type.
  • Calculate the tax correctly, based on the purchase price from your bill of sale or the NADA value, whichever is higher.

Ensuring Documentation Accuracy: You also need to ensure your bill of sale is correct for the application. It must include the name of the buyer and seller, date, and VIN number. This detail is crucial for identifying the specific vehicle.

Conclusion: This process can be navigated successfully by following these guidelines. If you have any questions, you can reach us at our website, We provide more information and downloadable forms for free. If you prefer assistance, we’re here to help. You can use this process, along with many others, to obtain a title for your vehicle when you only have a bill of sale.

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