How to Sign a Title Transfer for a Car in Missouri

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Transferring a car title in Missouri is an easy process that changes the legal ownership of a vehicle. When re-titling a vehicle, you must notify the Missouri Department of Revenue within 30 days of the transfer, or you will be charged late fees ranging from $25 to $200.

  • Find the car's title and fill in the vehicle details and your personal information. Remember to write in the current mileage. Sign and date the title you wish to transfer.

  • Complete a vehicle safety inspection test with a certified provider. You can find stations using the online locator tool (see Resources). You must provide the new title holder with a passed safety inspection that was issued within 60 days of the transfer.

  • Complete Form DOR-4809, available at your local Department of Motor Vehicles office, if there are any liens on the car. If there are no liens, you do not have to complete this form.

  • Have the new owner fill out the Title Application form (see Resources). This form should be taken to the nearest Missouri revenue office. After paying an $11 title fee and any applicable taxes, the car will be re-titled.

  • Fill out Form 5049, Notice of Sale/Transfer (see Resources) within 30 days of the transfer. Mail the completed form to:

    Missouri Department of Revenue
    P.O. Box 3050
    Jefferson City, MO 65105

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