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    Thread: Lost title / ownership in doubt ( Washington State )

    1. Member xOphear's Avatar
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      02-09-2006 04:19 PM #1
      Lost title / ownership in doubt


      Always get a notarized bill of sale if you are getting a vehicle with a “lost” title. if its a gift make sure they put it in writing!


      Ok if the title is just lost, just go to your local Licensing Office with the owner and you can take care of everything there in the office.

      If you bought/received a vehicle without a title this is what you need to do.

      Step 1 find out who owns the vehicle.

      Contact public disclosure in Olympia, (360) 902-3780
      Ask for a public disclosure form, fill it out and fax or mail back to Olympia.
      Once you have the owners info go to step two.

      Step 2 contact the owner

      Take a release of interest (download here http://www.dol.wa.gov/forms/420050.pdf) and ask the owner to sign and have it notarized so you can “get it out of their name”
      Your local Licensing office can notarize it for free.
      If you can not find the owner you need to send a letter to the last known
      Address CERTIFIED MAIL w/RETURN RECEIPT, I also recommend sending
      a 2nd letter regular mail with “PLEASE FORWARD” written on it.
      In the letter you should send a Release of Interest form (get from DOL) that has been Highlighted so they know what to fill out. Include a note explaining that you bought it from “So and so” and that the State says that they are the last owner and that you need them to Sign the release so you can “get it out of their name”.

      If the certified letter comes back unopened, take it to your Local DOL office. (see step 3)
      If you get the receipt back and nothing else after 15days, take it to your local DOL office. (see step 3)

      If you get a notarized Release of Interest back go get it titled!!!

      Step 3

      Take your bill of sale, Returned Cert. Letter and/or receipt to your local licensing office. They will need to give you a Application for Ownership in Doubt to fill out. (download here http://www.dol.wa.gov/forms/420008.pdf)

      Step 4

      Call the Washington State Patrol, set up a date for an inspection

      Step 5

      Washington State Patrol inspection, take all the paperwork (step 3) and your vehicle to the WSP for an Inspection.

      Step 6

      Take the inspection and all your paperwork (step 3) back to your DOL office and you can now Register the vehicle in your name. The inspection will cost you $50 bucks (on top of all the normal fees) at this time and you will not get a title for 3 YEARS*. The owner has the right to come back and claim the vehicle in those 3 years. If you are looking at spending a lot of time and money into the vehicle you should look into bonding the vehicle.


      * you must request a title and pay for it when the 3 years is up. It will not be mailed to you automatically. Also if you do track down the owners and get them to sign a release you can get your title sooner.


      Modified by xOphear at 2:57 PM 2-9-2006


      Modified by xOphear at 4:40 PM 2-9-2006


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      02-09-2006 07:29 PM #2
      This needs to go in the FAQ sticky.

      Good job Chris.


    3. 02-09-2006 07:33 PM #3
      On a lost title you don't have to take the car through inspections unless its a salvaged title according to the Puyallup DOL.


      The PO lost the title on my 92 GTI. He signed the form and we had it notorized... Everything after that was normal. No WSP inspection here, title is in my safe now.


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      02-09-2006 10:43 PM #4
      im sorry man but your trippin. i just picked up my gli like 2 months ago and it was a lost title car. All we had to do was go to the dmv, the owner filled out a special paper, we wrote up a bill of sale bam thats that. I went got new tabs and transferd the title that day. It took 2 weeks for me to get it in the mail

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      02-09-2006 10:48 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by a2Coupe2a »
      im sorry man but your trippin. i just picked up my gli like 2 months ago and it was a lost title car. All we had to do was go to the dmv, the owner filled out a special paper, we wrote up a bill of sale bam thats that. I went got new tabs and transferd the title that day. It took 2 weeks for me to get it in the mail

      This is the part that makes it work easy. Reread what Chris said.

      Oh and FYI, Chris works at a licensing department, he might know what he is talking about

      no offense


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      02-09-2006 10:51 PM #6
      ahhhh i just kind of skimmed over it

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      02-09-2006 10:51 PM #7
      get me a damn preasure plate


      Modified by a2Coupe2a at 7:53 PM 2-9-2006

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      02-09-2006 10:52 PM #8
      Doh!!

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      02-11-2006 04:28 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by VW n00b »
      On a lost title you don't have to take the car through inspections unless its a salvaged title according to the Puyallup DOL.


      Quote, originally posted by xOphear »
      ...if the title is just lost, just go to your local Licensing Office with the owner and you can take care of everything there in the office.

    10. 03-30-2006 06:12 PM #10
      Thank you SIR!!

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      03-30-2006 07:16 PM #11
      Chris knows what's up.
      oh herro.

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      03-30-2006 08:23 PM #12
      does this apply if the PO is not in WA?

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      03-31-2006 12:38 AM #13
      Quote, originally posted by VWDIVA »
      does this apply if the PO is not in WA?

      as long as its a Washington title the rules are the same regardless of where they live.


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