How to Transfer a Vehicle Title in New Hampshire?

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You’ll need to complete a title transfer to pass ownership of the vehicle in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire title transfer process involves signing over the title, showing proof of identification and residency, and providing a Bill of Sale and/or VIN verification if the vehicle is exempt from titling.

The two parties exchange the title, file the appropriate paperwork, and pay any necessary fees. This process doesn’t take long, given you’re prepared. Or if both parties go to the DMV (recommended).

Below, you’ll learn how the New Hampshire title transfer process works for private transactions.

New Hampshire Title Transfer: Step-by-Step

It’s recommended that both parties go to the DMV, as this clears any confusion and potential issues when passing ownership of the vehicle. However, you’re welcome to exchange the title on your own time and later visit the DMV to complete the process.

You will visit a New Hampshire county clerk’s office (see our directory) to submit your forms.

As a buyer, you’ll do the following (within 30 days of the purchase):

  1. Retrieve the vehicle’s title or request a duplicate title
    1. Buyers: You may need a lien release from the current owner
    2. Sellers: Provide a lien release to the buyer if needed
    3. Note: If the vehicle is exempt from titling, you’ll need a bill of sale
  2. Complete the certificate of title – including:
    1. Full legal name and address of the buyer and current owner
    2. Date of sale (month, day, and year)
    3. Vehicle price the buyer paid
    4. Get VIN verification
    5. Signatures from both parties
  3. Submit the title application
  4. Bring and submit any necessary documents:
    1. Proof of NH identification
    2. Proof of NH residency
    3. Proof of NH auto insurance
  5. Pay the variable fees:
    1. Title transfer: $25
    2. State/City fees: $30 to $60+

As a seller, you may need to complete these items when selling the vehicle:

  • Provide a Bill of Sale for the buyer if the vehicle is exempt from titling
  • Provide a VIN verification if the vehicle is exempt from titling

And there you have it – the title transfer is complete!

What’s Next? Get the Vehicle Registered in New Hampshire

You should register your vehicle after titling it to avoid any complications. See our New Hampshire vehicle registration guide to learn how the process is done. If you haven’t got it yet, do consider adding or dropping auto insurance. Or, shopping around for a new policy as you may find new discounts.


Titling and registering a vehicle in New Hampshire can seem straightforward, but ensuring that you understand the process before getting started is important. It’s always best to double check with your local DMV office or a legal professional if you have any questions about the process. Good luck!  Now get out there and explore the roads of New Hampshire safely!