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What If I Make A Mistake When Assigning My Car Title?

What If I Make A Mistake When Assigning My Car Title? Will I Need A Duplicate Title For The Error I Made?

Friday, June 28, 2024

Car Buyer USA - Affidavit Correction for Title Error

Mistakes on a car title will complicate the process of selling your vehicle. Fortunately, correcting these errors is typically straightforward, although the process varies by state. Contacting your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or the equivalent agency in your area is a great place to start. They will provide specific instructions and inform you about the necessary forms to correct your title. Many states require a form specifically for title corrections, often called a "Statement of Error," "Affidavit of Correction," or something similar. These errors include, but are not limited to, strike throughs, erasures, whiteout, mileage discrepancies, incorrect signatures and more.

Depending on the type of error on the title, you will need to gather any required documentation to prove the correct information. This might include a bill of sale, a government-issued ID, or other relevant documents that support the correction. Accuracy and completeness are crucial when filling out the correction form to avoid further delays. Once you have the necessary documents, complete the correction form and submit it along with any required fees. In many cases, you might need to visit the DMV in person to submit the form. After you’ve submitted your correction request, the DMV will process it and issue a corrected title. This process can take several weeks, so it's wise to plan accordingly, especially if you're eager to sell your car.

Some good information to know:

  1. If you make a mistake on your title a correction statement is not required to get a duplicate. You just take the title, registration and DL to the DMV and they can order a duplicate. Some states allow you to order a dupe online. In some states there is an expedited fee they can pay to get it the same day. Otherwise, it will be processed and mailed to the owner.

  2. Erasures and whiteouts automatically void a title and a correction statement will not fix that unfortunately. A new title is required.

  3. Some states do not even accept correction statements like NJ, NY and OH and a new title will be required.

  4. "Selling a car with a title that contains mistakes is generally not possible" is very possible in most states except New York, New Jersey and Ohio, as the buyer needs a clear and accurate title to register the vehicle in their name. Therefore, it's essential to address any errors promptly to ensure a smooth transaction. By following these steps, you can correct your title and move forward with your car sale without unnecessary complications.

Car Buyer USA is governed by the State of Georgia and follows the GA DMV laws, rules and regulations of what is needed for us to purchase the vehicle. For more information, please contact us and we will be happy to guide you through what will be needed to correct the error on your title and sell your car! We are here to help!

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