What Does a Title Look Like For a Car?

December 4, 2023

Car titles are the key piece of paper that proves ownership for a vehicle. Having one is necessary for buying or selling a vehicle, and it also helps to keep track of a car’s history. Having the right information on hand can save you a lot of time and trouble in the long run.

The way that car titles look varies by state, but they always contain certain pieces of information. They usually feature the vehicle identification number (VIN), year, make and model of the car as well as its odometer reading at the time of its issue. The owner’s name and address are also typically included, along with the names of any lien holders, if applicable. Many states include a “transfer” section at the bottom of the title for when the car changes hands, and some require signatures from both parties as well as a bill of sale and notary to complete the transfer process.

Other important items on a car title may include a watermark and the date that it was issued. If a title is missing these elements, it could be forged. In addition, check with your state’s DMV for information on how to confirm the identity of a vehicle. You can also get a Carfax Vehicle History Report to learn more about the car’s past owners and service records. The report can also help you determine if there’s a water damage title, lemon title or odometer rollback title on the vehicle.

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