How to Transfer a Title With a Power of Attorney

By Marie Murdock

An occasion may arise where you are appointed attorney-in-fact to transfer title to a vehicle using a power of attorney. A power of attorney is a document signed by someone, known as the principal, appointing another person as attorney-in-fact to sign legal documents or act on his behalf. A power of attorney may be limited to the specific purpose of transferring a vehicle title, or it may be general, authorizing many different actions, including transfer of title.

An occasion may arise where you are appointed attorney-in-fact to transfer title to a vehicle using a power of attorney. A power of attorney is a document signed by someone, known as the principal, appointing another person as attorney-in-fact to sign legal documents or act on his behalf. A power of attorney may be limited to the specific purpose of transferring a vehicle title, or it may be general, authorizing many different actions, including transfer of title.

Step 1

Visit or instruct the vehicle’s seller to visit the website for your state’s department of motor vehicles. Many DMV sites have a fillable power-of-attorney form online that the seller may complete and print from his home computer. These power-of-attorney forms, specific to the transaction of conveying the motor vehicle, may require the listing of the auto's make, model, VIN number, license plate number and even odometer mileage. Instead of completing the form online, print the form for the principal or seller to complete by hand. A pre-existing general power of attorney appointing you as attorney-in-fact may be used if it authorizes the transfer of vehicle titles.

Ready to appoint a power of attorney? Get Started Now

Step 2

Obtain the signed and completed power-of-attorney form from the seller of the vehicle. Some states may require that his signature be witnessed or notarized, or both, for the power of attorney to be effective.

Step 3

Sign the seller’s name to the title as well as your own in the form “John Doe by and through his attorney-in-fact, Joe Smith.” Depending on your state’s requirements, the title transfer may need to be notarized or witnessed, or both.

Step 4

Take the original signed title along with the original or certified copy of the power of attorney, as required by your state, to the local motor vehicle department. Present these documents to the clerk to complete the transfer and provide any additional information as required.

Ready to appoint a power of attorney? Get Started Now
Do You Need to Have a Power of Attorney Notarized for the State of Texas?

References

Resources

Related articles

How to Remove a Spouse's Name Off a Title at the DMV in California in a Divorce

Even if you've kept your divorce private, the California Department of Motor Vehicles needs to know. California car owners are required to report any change in ownership to the DMV, and that includes deleting the name of an owner. You have to follow the same procedure as for a vehicle sale, with certain exceptions that will save you money.

How to Title an Inherited Vehicle in Texas

A Texas resident may inherit a vehicle in a variety of ways following the death of a friend or family member. Whether a vehicle is inherited by a will, through intestacy, or by joint title, the inheritor is responsible for transferring the vehicle’s title to his own name. The heir to the vehicle must file specific documents according to state guidelines to properly transfer the vehicle’s title before beginning to use the vehicle as his own.

Can the Seller Give Power of Attorney at the Closing?

A real estate seller may give another person power of attorney before or during the deal's closing. The power of attorney document allows the person, known as the agent, to act for the seller during the sale. The agent signs papers for the sale, such as the deed, in place of the seller. While a seller giving a power of attorney for a closing isn't unusual, there are some matters to consider.

Related articles

Power of Attorney & How to Sign Legal Documents

A power of attorney enables one person to sign legal documents or perform actions on behalf of another. Powers of ...

What Is the Difference Between General Power of Attorney and Limited Power of Attorney?

A power of attorney authorizes another person, referred to as your attorney-in-fact, to act for you, the principal, ...

Selling Property & Limited Power of Attorney

Generally, a power of attorney document gives authority to another person, known as your agent or attorney-in-fact, to ...

Power of Attorney Laws in Michigan

If you sign a power of attorney, you hand over control of all or some of your affairs to another individual. Chapter ...

Browse by category