You need to know how to transfer a car title in Texas if you’re...

  • Buying or selling a vehicle
  • Giving a vehicle as a gift
  • Donating a car
  • Receiving a car as an inheritance
  • Changing ownership of a car in a divorce settlement

If the title’s lost or damaged, you can request a certified copy with form VTR-34.

Here's a step-by-step guide to transfer a car title:

Step 1. Check for a Clear Title

If the owner is paying an auto loan, the title will have a lien. The owner will need to pay it off and get a lien release.

Step 2. Complete Assignment of Title Section

Record the title transfer info on the back of the title.

  • Buyer name and address.
  • Date of sale.
  • Odometer disclosure.

Be sure both buyer and seller have signed the title.

Step 3. Complete Additional Documents

You will need proof that the car passed a state vehicle inspection to transfer a title in Texas.

If you inherited a car, you need to complete Texas form VTR-262 Affidavit of Heirship for a Motor Vehicle.

Step 4. Apply for a New Certificate of Title

To apply for a new title, complete Texas form 130-U Application for Texas Title.

Step 5. Pay taxes and fees.

The state sales tax rate is 6.25% of the sales price or the car’s standard presumptive value (SPV), whichever is higher. You’ll also pay county and local taxes. Transfer fees and other fees vary by county.

Your local county tax office will calculate the taxes and fees when you apply for a new certificate of title.


To transfer a certificate of title in Texas, you need to both complete the Assignment of Title on the back and apply for a new title.

You may need to complete other state forms, depending on your circumstances.

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