How to Create a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability

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How to Create a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability

If you have ever sold a car or other type of motor vehicle to someone, you most likely created a notice of transfer and release of liability without thinking twice. It is a legally binding agreement that shows that the vehicle is out of your hands and that you no longer have any liability over anything that goes wrong with it. Whether it lasts a day or a decade, you are no longer liable for that vehicle.

What is a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability?

A Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability is a legally binding agreement that tells the Motor Vehicle Department in your state that you are no longer responsible for that vehicle. It is one of the most commonly known types of liability release forms.

When you transfer ownership of a motor vehicle or vessel to someone new, you are required to document that transfer to the DMV as soon as possible. Anything that happens to or with that vehicle following the date that it was transferred to a new owner becomes the legal obligation of the new owner. This includes any liability for parking tickets, traffic violations, and civil or criminal litigation involving the vehicle.

This legally binding document is a requirement of motor vehicle departments everywhere.

What Should Be Included in a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability?

A Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability is legally binding as long as it includes the following information:

  1. Description of the vehicle that includes the license plate number, the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or vessel hull identification number, the make and model of the vehicle or vessel, and the model year.
  2. Name and address of the new owner
  3. Odometer reading as of the date of sale or transfer
  4. Date of sale or transfer
  5. Seller's name and address

If any of this information is missing, the motor vehicles department may not be able to update the record for the vehicle or vessel. If that information is not able to be updated, you may still be liable for that vehicle.

When Is a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability a Good Idea?

It is a legal requirement that a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability be completed and submitted to the motor vehicles department in order for the transfer of ownership to be considered complete. If it is not filled out correctly or filed in a timely manner, you could still be liable for your former vehicle even if it is no longer in your possession.

How to Prepare a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability on Your Own

To create or prepare a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability document on your own:

  1. Make sure that you have all of the necessary information or it might not be considered either complete or legally binding.
  2. Write down the description of the vehicle or vessel as completely as possible, and be sure to include
  3. The license plate number of the vehicle
  4. The VIN number. This is a 17-digit number that needs to be exact, so make sure that you are reading it correctly.
  5. The make and model of the vehicle need to be specific.
  6. What year is the vehicle? This also needs to be specific. If the year and make and model do not match the VIN number, then you have a problem.
  7. Name and address of the new owner.
  8. Odometer reading. This part can have some added complications. If the odometer is broken, that needs to be noted. If you suspect the odometer was tampered with, of course, before you ever owned the vehicle, then a notation needs to be made for this.
  9. Date of sale of the vehicle
  10. Your name and address as the seller.
  11. Sign the document
  12. Have the buyer sign the document
  13. Make sure you both have a copy of the document
  14. Once the transfer is complete, celebrate the sale of the vehicle and hope you got all the information right on your notice of transfer and release of liability document.
  15. Upload the information or drive to the DMV, stand in line, deal with bad attitudes, become grumpy yourself, all in an effort to stay legal on the sale of your vehicle.

Prepare a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability with the Help of DoNotPay

If you need a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability and want to make sure it is done right, DoNotPay can help.

How to get a release of liability waiver form using DoNotPay:

If you want to get a release of liability waiver form but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:

  1. Enter some basic information about yourself and the other signatories of the release. 
  2. Define the terms of the contract — it's your waiver so customize it however you want! 
  3. Print out your new liability release waiver form to get it signed and notarized. 

With DoNotPay, you can rest assured you did not leave out any details and your document is perfect and legal.

Why Use DoNotPay to Prepare a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability

When you use DoNotPay, not only is your document complete and legal but you also won't be stressed out. DoNotPay is fast, easy, and successful!

  • Fast. Simply give them the information they are asking for and you are done. No need to worry about wording everything correctly.
  • Easy. What could be easier than starting to prepare a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability by clicking on a button?
  • Successful. When you use DoNotPay, you know that your document is done right and ready to be signed and submitted.

DoNotPay is your best option for getting things done right.

DoNotPay Can Help Help You With Release of Liability Issues Of Any Kind

DoNotPay offers preparation of a wide range of release of liability products. DoNotPay does not just offer assistance with Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability. We can help you with other forms such as:

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