You need to locate your vehicle’s
PRIOR OWNER
for a title transfer.

Locating Your Vehicle’s Prior Owner

If you prefer to have us handle the prior owner contact, here is what we can provide for you:

  1. We will look up the owners name and state for the last titled owner per DMV records
  2. We will prepare the official DMV duplicate title application for that vehicle
  3. We will send a custom letter for the prior owner, sent along with the official title form
  4. The letter and title form is sent to up to three address:
    • The legal address recorded in the official DMV title records
    • The current address for the person if they have moved
    • Any business address located for the subject

We also include a customer service contact if the prior owner would like to ask questions about the process. We will provide your direct contact info to them in case they would like to send you the title forms directly. We include a pre-addressed and postage paid return envelope to send back any forms or title documents, to make it convenient.

While we are not allowed by law to release the private information about the prior owner to any third parties, and they are not required to take any action with the title, we have found that this method has the best response rate. Most people prefer not to be called suddenly by strangers about a title to a vehicle they do not have any more.
By sending a request in the mail, it allows the subject to handle the paperwork at their convenience. Most people want to help others solve their title problem as long as it is convenient and respectful.

We will send you updates when the letter is sent, and when it is received by the prior owner. We also update you if they contact us with any questions. They may also contact you directly, as well.

HERE’S HOW TO DO IT:

1. Determine state of last title
2. Obtain owner records from state DPPA (resources here)
3. Obtain duplicate title form from DMV (resources here)
4. Fill out DMV form
5. Send documents to prior owner for signature

PREFER TO HAVE US PREPARE THE DOCUMENTS FOR YOU?

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You have a vehicle with
NO TITLE
and limited documentation.

You need to locate your vehicle’s
PRIOR OWNER
for a title transfer.

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Locating Your Vehicle’s Prior Owner

4 Easy Steps:

LOOK UP TITLE HISTORY
Look up the state of last title, then request the name and address of the owner under the DPPA law exception.

LOCATE THE PRIOR OWNER
The title record will have the address on file when the original title was issued. Search for the current location using social media or investigation.

SEND REQUEST FOR SIGNATURE
Write to the current address of the prior owner, including pre-filled title application and return envelope.

TRANSFER THE TITLE INTO YOUR NAME
Take the signed duplicate transfer form to your state DMV office and exchange for a new title in your name.

Driver’s Privacy Protection Act

The Driver’s Privacy Protection Act is a Federal law which prohibits the release of vehicle ownership information to third parties. It is designed to protect the privacy of a vehicle owner, so that their address and personal information about where they live can not be obtained with a license plate number or VIN#.

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Prior Owner Letter

If your vehicle’s prior owner can be located, the next step is to make them aware of the issue. At CarTitles.com, we use the following letter to make the parties aware of the issue and hopefully resolve it.

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