Vehicle Title & Plates

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Important Notice from ADOT Motor Vehicle Division

Effective April 2020, all title, registration documents and license plate tabs are mailed and no longer printed at MVD or Authorized Third Party offices. When you renew, your record is updated instantly and your receipt is your proof of registration. A temporary plate may be issued, and the metal plate would be mailed.

MVD is currently experiencing delays in processing and mailing registration documents and license plate tabs. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Be sure your address is current and complete with the U.S. Postal Service and MVD

Buying a Car

If you are buying a car, we will check the Motor Vehicle Service system to make sure:

  • You have the most recent title.
  • There are no existing or hidden liens.
  • The title is properly signed off. Many states, including Arizona, require a notary.
  • If the vehicle is in need of an emissions test. See the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

Selling a Car

If you are selling a car, we will check the Motor Vehicle Service system to make sure:

  • You have the most recent title.
  • You have posted a sold notice with the Motor Vehicle Service system. If not, we can notify the Motor Vehicle Service system for you.
  • The title is notarized. If not, we will notarize the title for FREE and properly assign the title to the new owner.

Sold Notice

When selling your vehicle, we will assist you to ensure all sold vehicle transactions are complete. When you sell a vehicle, we recommend seller and buyer visit us together for a smooth process.

Sellers will receive free notary service and ensure title is properly signed.

When a vehicle is sold (or otherwise transferred) you, the seller, are required by law to, complete a Sold Notice, sign off the back of the title and have your signature notarized, remove the license plate from the vehicle and transfer it to another vehicle you own, return it to us or destroy it.

When you sell, trade-in, end your lease, donate, or otherwise transfer ownership of your vehicle, you need to complete a Sold Notice. This notice may help protect you from liability if the vehicle is, used for criminal activity, involved in an accident, ticketed, or abandoned ($500 fee).

Sold Notice

Plate Refund

A refund is not automatically sent to you when you sell your vehicle. When you sell your vehicle, you may have a plate refund available. You must complete the Sold Notice or a Plate Registration Refund will not be available.  Your refund will be pro-rated based on request date, so be sure you request this immediately, to maximize your refund.  Only the VLT is refundable for the amount of “months” left on your current registration.

Duplicate Title

Can’t find that title to your vehicle? A duplicate can be ordered and mailed to you if you visit the store. If you need to have the title immediately, MVD state offices and Third Parties, no longer print titles. All titles are printed and mailed from the new MVD central distribution processing center. If you visit us, we may be able to prepare and notarize a Title Transfer Bill of Sale Affidavit that may be used instead of an Arizona title. This requires an authorized MVD agent to complete.

We also have authorized MVD agents on staff who can notarize your vehicle title if you are in the process of selling. Our MVD agents are only able to notarized ADOT documents.

Title Transfers

Whether you have an Arizona title or Out of state title, we can change ownership and issue a new Arizona title, registration and license plate to new owners. Arizona title transfers need to be completed in 15 days to avoid penalty. You will want to see if you need emission testing to complete the transfer. You will leave with the coated temporary plate and registration. Metal plates and registrations are mailed now from the MVD central distribution processing center. All titles are now electronic; however, you may request it to printed and mailed to you. (If you have a lien or it is leased no title will be available to you.)

Problem Titles

We have a talented, enthusiastic staff that can help with a confusing title problem. Stop by with your documents, and we help you resolve any concerns and best steps to complete the transaction.

Bonded Titles

If you have purchased a trailer, boat trailer, All Terrain Vehicle, Motorcycle, old project vehicle, with no title, we can help you through the entire process and make it easy. Many states do not title trailers, and some vehicles so we can help with those situations as well.

Mobile Home Titles

We no longer can process any mobile home transactions. Mobile home titles will be processed through a new system, separate from the MVD’s primary system. In addition, mobile home titles will be issued through a centralized process. Customers will no longer receive a paper title in an office. The official title form will be mailed to the customer. Call MVD at 602-712-2700 for additional information.

Registration Renewal

Renew registration on all vehicles. Running late? Walk out with your new tag ready go, no waiting for the mail. We can update your registration for your commercial vehicle’s GVW (gross vehicle weight), and avoid an expensive fine. Check to see if emissions may be required for your car below.

Emissions

Newer vehicles are exempt for the first* 5 years of registration. Only vehicles in Maricopa and Pinal County require emissions testing.

Example for this year of 2020: *Model years of 2015 – 1967 vehicles currently require emissions. This includes gasoline and diesel-fueled vehicles. Alternative fuel, flexible fuel (E85) and hybrid vehicles also require emissions. Some vehicles may require a different schedule. If unsure, call 1-877-myAZcar (1-877-692-9227.) or visit MyAZCar.com.

If you purchase an Arizona vehicle that is a 2015 – 1967, it may require emissions if the last test does not extend for 12 months. Arizona no longer pro-rates registration cycles and starts a new 12-month cycle.  This means, the emissions must match the new cycle.

Not sure if you need emissions? You may check any vehicle emission history with a VIN number at MyAZCar.com. Scroll to the bottom of the home page.

Depending on the vehicle’s year and weight, emissions test frequency can vary from every 1 to 2 years. Diesel and one ton vehicles require emissions every year and certain models will require annual emissions.

Emission test locations and wait times are available at MyAZCar.com.

Plates

Arizona residents who are driving within the state need valid license plates for each of their vehicles. Those who are not using Arizona license plates are at risk of receiving fines. If you are in need of new license plates, we can help you with a standard plate or we have on hand most special plates. We can also provide you with pricing on custom and personalized license plates.

If you have recently sold your vehicle, be sure and keep your plates when the car is given to the new owner. This will encourage the new owner to get the vehicle transferred quickly. We will check to see if you have a refund available, and complete the Sold Notice.

Old or Lost License Plates

Replace that tired old plate or lost license plate with a brand new one.

Special Personalized License Plates

Ever wanted your own personalized license plate? We can help you get that done.

ATC & OHV Tags

Come in to discuss the best type of license plate for you to register your Off Road Vehicle.

Recreation Vehicle (RV) Plate – 100% off road, No insurance is required, and you are not allowed on any maintained road. You would need to trailer the ATC, ATV, to the location to ride.

Motorcycle (MC) Plate – Primary Off Road or Primary On Road. Insurance is required along with registration renewal. Effective January 1, 2009, all Off-Highway Vehicles requires the OHV Tag.

Off-Highway Vehicle Decals OHV decals are valid for one year from date of purchase.

If you purchase a new ATV at a dealership, once you receive the plate and registration, we can change it from a RV plate to a MC plate. Most dealerships only issue RV plates.

Level One Inspections (On & Off-site)

Vehicles that may require a Level I Inspection include Vin number issues, homemade trailers, trailers or ATV’s without a title, cab & chassis, Abandoned Vehicles, Bonded Titles, non-operating vehicles, project vehicles being restored, and some other circumstances.

Vehicles new to the state typically do not require an inspection if all ownership documents are in order.

All of our AZ AUTO locations will complete Level I inspections at our location. Currently we are unable to go to your property for inspections due to staffing and the impact of the Covid.

Abandoned Vehicle Inspection & Processing

Arizona Auto License Service can help you with the abandoned vehicle that has been left on your property. We are authorized to perform the necessary abandoned inspection, however, currently are not offering offsite inspections. A law enforcement officer may be able to complete an inspection at your property. Please visit any AZ AUTO to gather more information about your situation.

Non-Operating Vehicles

When you are ready to start working on that project vehicle, be sure you check with us to see if an inspection or other steps may need to be completed, before you tow the vehicle to the shop and start investing money in improvements.

Temporary Permits

If it is necessary to drive a vehicle, the buyer or owner should obtain a Restricted Use Three-Day Permit for private sales, emissions testing, or repairs. In some cases we can issue you a temporary permit when the title work is incomplete or there is a problem preventing the issuance of license plates.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has more information on off-highway vehicles and the OHV decal. OHV Equipment Requirements – Arizona State Parks

Vehicle & Drivers Records

New job prospect? Need a motor vehicle record? We can do a personal record printout in minutes. Want a vehicle record for a vehicle that you own? We can do that too.

Vehicle License Tax (VLT) Paid Report

Many people don’t realize that the VLT (Vehicle License Tax) that is paid on their registration is TAX DEDUCTIBLE. We can run a “Vehicle Recap Report” on all VLT that was paid in a year so you can deduct this on your income tax returns.