How to sign your California Vehicle Title

Be sure to sign and print your name exactly as spelled on the front of your title. Avoid erasures, scribbles, and strike-throughs. If your California title shows a lien or a bank name printed on the front, then your title will need to be signed off by the lien holder or have a separate lien release letter.

  • On the front of your California title, on line 1a where it reads “Signature of Registered Owner.” sign in that section.
  • On the front of your California title, sign below the odometer section, where it reads “Transferor/ Seller Signature(s).”


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In California, after selling your vehicle, be sure to fill out the “Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability

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