Whether the car’s claim paper is lost or damaged, or if you never get the vehicle’s claim in the first place when it is sold or given to you, you may find yourself needing to sell a car without a sovereign paper. Although in the state of Texas, it is illegal to sell undocumented vehicles, you can first obtain the necessary documents and proceed with the sale.
Car sales in Texas
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles website provides guidance on the legal requirements for the purchase and sale of vehicles in Texas. The seller needs to have the owner’s own paperwork, to the name of the buyer within 30 days from the date of sale of the car. Liability for parking tickets, toll violations, and similar fines or sub-shapes rest with the owner of the vehicle, so you should ensure ownership is immediately transferred to the buyer.
A seller may even be liable for the crimes committed by using the sold car if ownership remains in their name.
To make a legal private car sale in Texas, provide the buyer with a valid signed certificate of ownership and a signed Form 130-U. This is an Application for a Texas Title and/or Registration, and it must clearly show the selling price of the vehicle. The form also requires you to record the meter reading, whether it is actual, exempted, or exceeded mechanical limits.
The mileage meter and date of sale must also be written on the signed title. The Texas DMV actually recommends that buyers and sellers come together to the county tax office to ensure that the vehicle owner’s application is filed properly.
Selling cars without a license.
You may need to sell a car that you own but you don’t have a copy of the sovereign paper. All legal vehicle purchases in Texas must have a sovereign, but you can receive a copy of your ID or ID.
If you have previously owned ownership of the vehicle in Texas or the vehicle has been registered with your name in Texas, you may receive a certified copy of your ownership from the Texas DMV.
This can be done by post or in person, although it is highly recommended that appointments be made if you apply in person. In both cases, you must apply for a Notarized Copy of Ownership (Form VTR-34) and the fee payment varies depending on the method of application. All recorded vehicle owners must sign the application and provide a copy of their photo ID.
Prove that the car is yours.
You’ll need to follow the steps outlined on texas’ DMV page for people who have purchased a car without a license. While your goal may be to sell a car you own, you must first prove to the state of Texas that the car is yours for sale.
By following the steps on that page, you can buy a bond guaranteed and register bonded ownership. This means that the insurance company has carried out a number of investigations and made sure you are the rightful owner of the car. This type of title is enough to meet the legal requirements to sell a car in Texas.