Motor Vehicle - FAQs

Motor Vehicle - Frequently Asked Questions

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•   1. Buying a vehicle with North Dakota title.

1) Legal Name, State law requires all applicants to use their legal name when making an application for certificate of title and registration to a motor vehicle. Legal Name Requirements

2) Part 1 (Assignment and Warranty of Title) must be signed and dated by owner(s) (seller/Transferor) as shown on the front of the title.

3) Odometer information required on all motor vehicles 2011 and newer with buyer's signature, printed name, and date.

4) Part 3 (Purchaser’s Certification and Application) must be completed and signed by buyer showing purchase price, lienholder information, if applicable, signed and dated.

5) If vehicle is less than nine (9) years old SFN 18609 Damage/Salvage Disclosure Statement must be completed by the seller.

6) Tax is due on 5% of the purchase price.

7) Title transfer fee.

8) Registration fees are due based on the first year registered and weight of the vehicle.

9) Within thirty (30) days of purchase, the transferee/buyer shall deliver the endorsed certificate of title to the Motor Vehicle Division.

•   2. Buying a vehicle with an out-of-state title or MCO (Manufacturers Certificate of Origin).

1) Legal name, State law requires all applicants to use their legal name when making an application for certificate of title and registration to a motor vehicle. Legal Name Requirements

2) We will need the original out-of-state title completed by seller and buyer. If new vehicle, we will need the MCO completed by seller and buyer.

3) If the vehicle is 2011 or newer, the odometer information must be completed within the reassignment on the title or the Odometer Disclosure for Retail Sale on the MCO, with sellers and buyers signatures.

4) If vehicle is less than nine (9) years old SFN 18609 Damage Disclosure Statement must be completed by the seller.

5) SFN 2872 Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle must be completed in full and signed by the buyer.

6) Tax is due on 5% of the purchase price.

7) Title transfer fee.

8) Abandoned Vehicle Disposal fee.

9) Registration fees due are based on the first year registered and weight of the vehicle.