If I paint my car a different color, do I have to change the title?

My car is in dire need of a paint job, but I’m thinking about getting a new color. I haven’t decided yet, but if I do paint my car a different color, do I need to change the color type on the title?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
If you want to paint your car a different color, you do not have to change the title. Typically, you only need to update the certificate of title if you change your name, buy a car, or sell a car.
You may still want to notify the DMV, however. The DMV only needs the information to update your registration, which will update the color in their system. It’s also helpful to notify your insurance provider in the event that it becomes relevant for a future claim.
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