If you have been told that you have insufficient documentation or evidence to obtain a title for a vehicle in your name, a “Court Ordered Title” may be an option you have available to remedy your title problem. While the titling division (DMV, Secretary of State, Department of Transportation, etc) may not be able to issue you a title with the limited documents that you have, the court may be able to override the title office and force a title transfer to your name.
This is a good backup method to consider if other methods have not worked out -Bill of sale, bonded title, prior owner contact, etc.
1. File a notice with the court to do a court ordered title
2. Request the title record from the motor vehicle department
3. Mail certified letters to the prior owners
4. Sign an affidavit of ownership
5. Schedule a hearing date
6. Present your documents to the court clerk
7. Receive the summary judgment
8. Submit the title application
9. Receive a new clean title
This is an example of how most counties work the process. You can see links below of a few specific examples.
If you would like assistance, we can prepare a court ordered title document package for you. The package contains the basic forms you need for the process, already filled out. Keep in mind that we are not a law firm, and can not provide legal advice. In addition, while we provide an example of the court petition you might need, it is for use as a template only, not legal preparation, and it is likely that your county might advise you to re-word it slightly. Court ordered title package description.
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