When you purchase a vehicle, you are required to transfer that vehicle into your name within 10 days, otherwise you will incur penalties. Our office located in Riverside can help you process the title from the previous owner’s name into your name.

  • Change of ownership with title – this is the easiest way to change the ownership of a vehicle. The title must be present and it must be signed off on the front by the previous owner, and if your car is 9 model years or newer, the odometer section must be signed and filled out as well.
  • Change of ownership with no title – sometimes people lose their titles/pink slips. In such a situation, that does not prevent you from a seller being able to sell the vehicle nor a new buyer obtaining ownership. For the most part, the form REG 227 and a REG 262 must be filled out both by the seller & buyer. The form REG 262 is NOT available online, it is only available @ the DMV and you can also pick one up at our office for free.
  • Change of ownership with no DMV record & no available previous owner – in a rare situation in which you have a vehicle that has NO DMV record and you do not have any paperwork from the previous owner, our office can help you process a title transfer. Certain criteria must be must to qualify for this type of transaction, so please contact us @ our office in Riverside so that we may discuss this with you.
  • Out of state title transfers – an out of state title transfer can also be processed by us. With an out of state vehicle it is absolutely necessary to have a title, otherwise, your vehicle will be issued a “golden-rod title” – this puts it in a category of vehicles that cannot be transferred. Some states do not issue titles, for those states, that is the exception
  • Revived junk/salvage vehicles – We can help you gain ownership of a vehicle that was previously junked or declared salvage. You must have a junk title available to do this.

What’s needed to transfer ownership of a vehicle:

  • California Change of Ownership:
    • Proof of ownership: A title, or in the case where it’s missing, a REG 227 and REG 262.
    • Smog: For the most part, and with some exceptions, when you do a title transfer, a smog check must be done. Vehicles that are 26 years or older do not need to do this. And recently all diesel vehicles must do smog check now as well. Motorcycles until now are exempt for this requirement.
  • For out of state vehicles:
    • Proof of ownership: a title.
    • Smog  (this only applies for vehicles that are 26 years or newer)
    • VIN verification: We can process a VIN verification for you, unless your vehicle is a salvaged/junked vehicle.
    • A weight certificate must be issued in the case of pick-up trucks.
  • For salvaged/revived junked vehicles:
    • Proof of ownership: the salvage/junk title.
    • Smog
    •  VIN verification (unfortunately, this type of VIN verification must be done by a CHP officer)
    • Brake & lamp inspection
    • Weight certificate in the case of a pick-up (no matter how big or small).