You need to know how to transfer a car title in Oregon if you…

  • Are buying or selling a car
  • Need to add or remove an owner
  • Donate or give a car as a gift
  • Receive a car as an inheritance
  • Transfer ownership in a divorce settlement

You need the certificate of title. If it’s lost or damaged, apply for a duplicate title.

Step 1. Check for a Clear Title

If the owner has a car loan, the title will have a lien. The owner needs to pay it off and have the lien holder sign the release of interest on the title.

Step 2. Complete the Title Reassignment Section

The owner needs to sign the title over to the buyer or transferee.

  • Date of transfer
  • Buyer printed name
  • Buyer address
  • Odometer disclosure
  • Seller printed name and signature

The buyer’s printed name appears again along with the signature.

Step3. Complete and Submit Additional Documents

Other paperwork you need includes:

  • Bill of Sale (Form 735-501)
  • Statement of Lien Satisfaction (Form 735-524), if applicable
  • Inheritance Affidavit (Form 735-516), if applicable (Letter of Testamentary if estate is probated)

Step 4. Apply for a New Certificate of Title

Submit the Application for Title and Registration (Form 735-226) to the DMV office.

Step 5. Pay Transfer Fees.

  • Title transfer fees - $98 to $187
  • Late fees if more than 30 days after the sale
  • $25 if 31 to 60 days late
  • $50 if 61 days or more


To transfer a certificate of title in Oregon, you need to

  • Complete the title reassignment on the back of the certificate
  • Apply for a new title

You may need other forms, depending on your circumstances.

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