How to Transfer a Title or Register a Car in Arizona

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Judy Hedding

Registering or transferring a car title doesn't have to be a hard task. Follow these simple instructions for transferring a title to a car and registering a vehicle in Arizona.

  1. To register your car or to transfer title to a car in Arizona you must have an original title document, the Certificate of Title, for that vehicle. If you will transfer title, it must be free and clear, or you must obtain a lien release from the lender.
  2. If you've misplaced the title for your car, you can get a duplicate title from MVD. There's a form to complete. Bring photo ID.
  3. To register an out-of-state vehicle in Arizona you will need a completed, signed title application, emission compliance form, and level I vehicle inspection.
  1. To register an out-of-state vehicle you will also need an out-of-state title (or registration, if the title is held by lien holder), out-of-state license plates, lien clearance, if applicable, your license plates, and a Power of Attorney from lessor (original or certified copy), if it is a leased vehicle.
  2. To find out where to get your vehicle inspected, call (602) 255-0072.
  3. If you sell your car, you must complete and sign the reverse of the title. Have it notarized. Complete the reverse of the registration indicating that the vehicle has been sold.
  1. If for any reason you no longer own a vehicle that you had registered, complete the reverse of the registration indicating that you no longer own the vehicle and send it to MVD.
  2. There are more than 20 types of different plates in Arizona. Many have an extra $25 per year fee.
  3. Insurance is mandatory in Arizona for every vehicle registered. Proof of insurance must be in the vehicle.
  4. If your vehicle is not required to be inspected, you may renew vehicle registration online. Instructions are sent with your renewal forms to the address on file with MVD.
  1. All services have fees.


  • If you have to go to MVD, try to go during the middle of the week, and during the middle of the month. Avoid Saturdays if you can.
  • Bring a book and a cell phone. Try not to bring the kids. It may take awhile.
  • Be diligent about notifying MVD if you sell a car. You can notify them online. There could be serious repercussions if you don't, and that vehicle is later in an accident or involved in some criminal activity.
  • If you are selling your car, keep copies of the title, and any other important documents, like the lien release. It's a good idea to get information from the buyer, like their name, address, driver license number, and phone number in case there are issues down the road.
  • If you are transferring title to your car at a dealership, they will be able to handle the payoff of your loan and the lien release for you.
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