How do you remove a name from car registration in California?

My partner and I just broke up. We bought a car together, but now I will be the sole owner. How do I remove her name from the car registration?

I’m sorry to hear about your breakup! While breakups are hard, thankfully, California makes it fairly easy to remove someone’s name from registration.
To remove her name from your title and update your vehicle’s California Certificate of Title and the registration, you’ll need to:
  • Submit a California Certificate of Title with your name printed or typed in the New Registered Owner section.
  • Include a completed name stated in section F of the Statement of Facts.
You can submit these documents to the DMV. Once approved, they’ll provide you with new documents and registration.
Since you will be updating the car’s registration, also update its insurance. As you’ll be the only driver and owner, your policy must reflect that. While you may be happy with your current policy, it never hurts to shop around. An easy way to do this is with Jerry. The Jerry app generates competitive quotes from top providers in less than a minute, ensuring you always have the best rate for the coverage you need.
Will Baldwin
Answered on Oct 29, 2021

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