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You’ll need to complete a title transfer if you want to transfer ownership of a vehicle in Oklahoma. You can do this at your local MVD for a fee of just $11.
Congrats, you have a new car! Now you need to do a little paperwork to make it official. When you buy or sell a vehicle, you’ll need to get the title transferred properly. This is as important as kicking the tires and handing over the keys.
In Oklahoma, this is a fairly straightforward process—but it’s important to do it right so you’re compliant with the MVD and state law. In this article, the car insurance comparison and broker app Jerry breaks down what you need to know about a title transfer in Oklahoma.

What is a title transfer?

A car title defines the ownership of a vehicle. So when you transfer the title of a car, you’re transferring ownership to someone else. 
There are two steps involved in a title transfer:
  • The seller of the vehicle must sign the title to release ownership
  • The buyer of the vehicle must take the signed title to the MVD to receive a new title and register the car
In Oklahoma, the process requires additional paperwork. You’ll need proof of insurance, an odometer disclosure agreement, and information about your loan if the car is financed.

Who does the title transfer?

The responsibility for the title transfer depends on whether you’re buying (or selling) a vehicle privately or from a dealership. 
In a private purchase, the buyer and seller are responsible for completing the title transfer. If you’re buying from a dealer, they will take care of the paperwork and you’ll receive the vehicle title from the MVD by mail. 

Reasons for a title transfer

There are numerous reasons why you might need to complete a title transfer for a vehicle. The most common include a change of residency or buying or selling a car
Here are some other reasons for a title change:
  • Donating a vehicle
  • Gifting a vehicle
  • Inheriting a vehicle
  • Paying off a vehicle loan
Key Takeaway A car title is a document stating who owns the car. When buying or selling a vehicle, the title must be transferred to the new owner.
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Car title transfer in Oklahoma

The process for your title transfer in Oklahoma depends on whether you’re doing a private sale or working with a car dealership.

Buying from a private seller

When you buy a used car from a private seller in Oklahoma, submit the following paperwork to apply for a car title transfer:
  • Title certificate properly assigned to you with the seller's notarized signature
  • Registration card
  • Completed Application for Oklahoma Certificate of Title for a Vehicle
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement (if the car is model year 2011 or newer)
    • The seller can fill this information out on the title or use the Odometer Disclosure Statement
  • Proof of Oklahoma auto insurance
  • Proof of passed vehicle inspection (if you purchased the car in another state)
  • Lien release information, if applicable
  • Purchase price, listed on either:
    • The title certificate
    • A bill of sale
  • The Declaration of Vehicle Purchase Price
  • Payment for your vehicle titling fees ($11)

Buying from a dealer

If you've purchased a car from an Oklahoma dealership, you'll need to title it by submitting the following to your local MVD branch:
  • Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MCO)
  • Odometer disclosure on the MCO or Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form 729)
  • A completed Application for Oklahoma Certificate of Title for a Vehicle (Form 701-6)    
  • Lien information (if applicable)
  • Proof of Oklahoma car insurance
  • Payment for your titling fees ($11)

Registering a car in Oklahoma

After a title transfer, you’ll need to register the vehicle. Registration is proof that you can legally drive on the streets and is done annually. 
In Oklahoma, registration costs depend on how many years the vehicle has been registered. With that in mind, here’s the breakdown of what you will need to pay:
Registration costNotes
$851st to 4th year of registration
$755th to 8th year of registration
$559th to 12th year of registration
$3513th to 16th year of registration
$1517th year of registration or more
Other fees may apply based on the type of vehicle, license plate type, county of residence, or driving record. 

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A title transfer is more challenging if the vehicle is still financed. You’ll need to call your lender and ask how to sell a car that has a loan and how the transaction should be handled.
The title will have a line that says “seller’s signature.” If two people are on the title, then both will need to sign on the same line. There is a separate line for the buyer’s signature.

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