Vehicle Title & Plates
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Buying a Car
GET YOUR TITLE AND PLATES RIGHT OVER THE COUNTER!
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.
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).
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. We can help you request the refund or use this plate credit on another vehicle. Your refund will be pro-rated based on request date, so be sure you request this immediately, to maximize your refund.
Can’t find that title to your vehicle? A duplicate can be done in minutes. We also have authorized MVD agents on staff who can notarize your vehicle title if you are in the process of selling.
Whether you have an Arizona title or Out of state title, we can change ownership and issue new title, registration and license plates to new owners. Arizona title transfers need to be completed in 15 days to avoid penalty.
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.
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 can take care of all MVD transactions.
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.
Newer vehicles are exempt for the first 5 years of registration.
Only vehicles in Maricopa and Pinal County require emissions testing.
Vehicles that are model year 1967 and newer and more than 5 years old 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.
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 emmisions.
Emission test locations and wait times are available at MyAZCar.com.
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. We issue these tags in minutes.
Off-Highway Vehicle Decals OHV decals are valid for one year from date of purchase.
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.
Abondoned Vehicle Inspection & Processing
Arizona Auto License Service can help you with the abandoned vehicle that’s been left on your property. We are authorized to perform the necessary abandoned inspection.
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.
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.
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.