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Title Service

Buying a vehicle requires you to do a title transfer. It could be the simplest process you can ever go through, if the title is clean and you obtain signatures from both the seller and buyer.

But the majority of the time it is not easy. Be very careful. You may find out that the Seller is not even the registered owner. Or there is no title. It is recommended to never buy a vehicle without a title. But if that's the situation, there's a way to resolve it. 

Please resolve it. It can cause many headaches to the next owner if it isn't. Our responsibility as a vehicle owner, is to make a transfer of ownership, no matter how long you stay with the vehicle. You can save hundreds of dollars if every one just did their part. 

But that is not always going to be the case. So, if you need help with your Title we can help.

First step to buying a vehicle is make a Bill of Sale between you and the Seller. It can help in many different ways.

The best way to help is to review the title and any other paperwork you may have. You can email us or visit us at our office.


For more information, read below.

 

Services we provide

We can help you with any scenario concerning the title of your vehicle.


If you:

  • just need us to fill out title and forms,

  • need Liability Insurance,

  • need Certificate of Title bond,

  • lost your title,

  • need a Bill of Sale, or

  • want us to wait in line for you


We can help.

We can help guide you through this process.

We can even organize your paperwork, so you can just hand it over to the courthouse teller. 

Things you may need to know

A clean title, is a title:

  • with no signatures, and

  • no dates

The Buyer needs to be prepared with the following to do a Title transfer:

  • A Valid and Current ID:

    • TX DL,​

    • TX ID, or

    • Passport

  • Current Liability Insurance​​

  • If the OneSticker is needed, then you need to get a State Inspection Report

But even if you are not fully prepared, we can guide you. 

  • If you need insurance, we can help.

  • If you need paper work filled out, we can help.

  • If you need something notarized, we can help.

We can even organize your paperwork so, you can just hand it over to the courthouse teller. For certain situations we can even wait in line for you at the courthouse. 

Easiest scenario for a Title Transfer

If you are buying a vehicle:

  • directly from the registered owner,

  • the title is completely clean, 

  • the Buyer has a Valid and Current ID,

  • Liability Insurance​, and

  • State Inspection Report was obtained in the last three months... 

Then this is the easier scenario, you just need to fill out

  • the Title and

  • the Form 130-U (Application for Texas Title and/or Registration)

We can help! We have experience filling these forms. We can even organize your paperwork so, you can just hand it over to the courthouse teller.

Gifting a vehicle to a family member

This process is also very easy.

If you are giving your vehicle, the Recipient can qualify for a Gift Tax. Your relationship has to be immediate and would have to appear in front a notary public (which we are), and fill out and sign the Affidavit of Motor Vehicle Gift Transfer.

The following statuses for Donors qualify for the Gift Tax as specified in the Affidavit of Motor Vehicle Gift Transfer:

  • Parent/Stepparent or Father/Mother-in-Law

  • Child/Stepchild or Son/Daughter-in-Law

  • Spouse

  • Grandchild/Grandchild-in-Law

  • Sibling or Brother/Sister-in-Law

  • Grandparent/Grandparent-in-Law

  • Guardian

  • Decedent's estate (inherited)

  • Qualified nonprofit IRC Section 501

  • Certain revocable (living) trusts

If the Title is clean and the Recipient has a valid and current ID and Liability insurance, then along with the Gift Transfer Affidavit, the Recipient can go to the courthouse. 

We can help! We have experience filling out these forms.


We can even organize your paperwork so, you can just hand it over to the courthouse teller. We are even a Notary Public and notarize the Affidavit and any other document that can be needed.

Lost Title

If you are the registered owner, lost your title AND you have a Valid and Current ID, you can get a Certified Copy of Title.

To apply for a certified copy of title in person, you have to visit a TxDMV Regional Service Center. The one in Houston is located:

          2110 East Governors Circle, 

          Houston, TX 77092

          Phone (713) 316-6100

We can go to the courthouse for you or you can even apply by mail, if you don't want to wait in line.

Bonded Title

There are several scenarios you might find yourself in where you would need to get a Bonded Title Brand.


It requires a bit more work and money but it is necessary. For any situation you need proof of ownership, like a bill of sale or cancelled check. You then have to confirm eligibility for a Bonded Title Brand from the DMV. 

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Scenario: You've bought a vehicle from a person on a busy corner, did not ask for personal information, but a few days go by and you lost the title.

If you cannot get in contact with the Registered Owner to get a Certified Copy of Title and sign it over, then you can qualify for a Bonded Title.

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Scenario: You've bought a vehicle from the Registered Owner and years go by without Transferring Ownership, and now you cannot get in contact with the Registered Owner to sign the Title and the Form 130-U (Application for Texas Title and/or Registration).


If you cannot get in contact with the Registered Owner to get a Certified Copy of Title and sign it over, then you can qualify for a Bonded Title.

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Scenario: You've bought a vehicle from someone other than the Registered Owner and cannot get in contact with the Registered Owner to sign the Title and the Form 130-U (Application for Texas Title and/or Registration).

If you cannot get in contact with the Registered Owner to get a Certified Copy of Title and sign it over, then you can qualify for a Bonded Title.

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Scenario: You've bought a vehicle and the title is a mess and/or damaged.


You bought from someone else other than the Registered Owner, then you can qualify for a Bonded Title. 

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If you notice the trend, it is very important to get in contact with the Registered Owner before trying to qualify for a Bonded Title. It makes things much easier. But if it is not possible, then that is when you can qualify for a Bonded Title. 


We are able to access the situation and fill out any paperwork for you and guide you. But we can also do it all for you, except for the last step where you would have to present yourself to a County Tax Office.

This is are the steps needed to obtain an Original Title:

1. Take the following to the TxDMV Regional Service Center located: 2110 East Governors Circle, Houston, TX 77092


  • Bonded Title Application

  • Statement of Physical Inspection OR picture of the VIN (vehicle identification number)

  • Inspection        

  • Proof of Ownership (such as Bill of Sale, Invoice, Receipt, Cancelled Check, etc)

  • Valid ID


2. After it's been approved, take approved letter given to you by the TxDMV Regional Service Center

  • to an agency that is licensed to sell vehicle Surety Bonds (which we are)

  • Purchase a vehicle Surety Bond

              

3. After the Surety has been purchased, take the following:

  • Application for Texas Title 

  • Liability Insurance

  • Inspection Report

  • Approved letter by the TxDMV Regional Service Center 

  • Statement of Physical Inspection OR picture of the VIN (vehicle identification number)

  • Surety Bond

  • Proof of Ownership

  • Valid ID

To help you accomplish this, we can:

  • Fill out the paperwork for you.​​

  • Go to the TxDMV Regional Service Center for you,​

  • Provide you with Liability Insurance,

  • Provide you with the Bond Certificate, and

  • Organize all the paperwork for when you go to the County Tax Office so, you can just hand it over to the courthouse teller.

Salvage Title

Buying a Salvage Title, can be a little stressful and give you a bit of pressure. Having to resolve the situation and obtain an Original title can be a little time consuming but it can help you save some money. 

It may be a risk, but as long as you are aware of the risks, you can make an educated decision.

A Salvage Vehicle can be considered a total loss by an insurance company​ or reported stolen, which can hurt the owner in many ways.

  • For one, insurance companies will not take a risk insuring the vehicle with Comprehensive and Collision.

  • Future issues with the vehicle may arise, which will result in cost for repairs.

If you have the Pink Salvage Title, we can help you obtain the Original Title again. 

Important information needed to fill out the Rebuilt Affidavit:

  • Origin of Component Parts to fix/repair vehicle

    • The following is a list of Component Parts:​

      • Engine (component part number required)​

      • Frame (component part number required)

      • Body (component part number required)

      • Transmission

      • Fender(s)

      • Hood

      • Door(s)

      • Bumper(s)

      • Quarter Panel(s)

      • Tailgate/Deck Lid/Hatchback

      • Cab of a Truck

      • Roof or Floor Pan

  • Name and Complete Address where the Component was purchased 

First: Complete the enclosed Form VTR-441 and send it with the applicable $8.00 fee (check or money order) along with the original title to TxDMV at the following address:

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLE

VEHICLE TITLES AND REGISTRATION DIVISION

PO BOX 26450

AUSTIN, TX 78755-0450


TxDMV will issue a Salvage Vehicle Title and mail it to the owner or lien holder.

Second: Complete vehicle repairs and keep the receipts for all repair parts and services.

Third: Obtain a new vehicle safety inspection after the repairs are completed and AFTER receipt of the Salvage Vehicle Title. Be sure to request an Identification Certificate (form VI-30).


Fourth: Submit the Salvage Vehicle Title to your County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office along with:

  • A properly completed Form 130-U , Application for Texas Certificate of Title

  • A Form VTR-61, Rebuilt Affidavit, recording component parts used (and their origin)

  • Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR)

  • Proof of insurance that meets Texas Liability Minimums


Application fee, Registration renewal fees (if applicable), and a $65.00 Rebuilder Fee will be assessed.


UPON completion of Step 4, the vehicle title will be appropriately branded and the vehicle may again be operated on public roadways.

To help you accomplish this, we can:

  • Fill out the paperwork for you.​​

  • Provide you with Liability Insurance, and

  • Organize all the paperwork for when you go to the County Tax Office so, you can just hand it over to the courthouse teller.