Virginians have new option for transferring a vehicle to a different owner, e-titling

Virginians have new option for transferring a vehicle to a different owner, e-titling

Crystal Graham
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Virginians may now transfer a vehicle’s ownership electronically saving time waiting in long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

As part of the DMV’s new website, qualified vehicle buyers and sellers may now utilize electronic titling, also known as e-titling.

The program will allow an individual selling a vehicle to a buyer the ability to transfer the title through the website.

“The next time you buy a car from someone who isn’t a dealer, you may be able to transfer ownership without having to go to a DMV office,” said DMV Commissioner Gerald Lackey. “With the launch of our reimagined website, we continue to look for innovative ways that allow Virginians to take care of their DMV business anytime and anywhere.”


The seller, buyer and vehicle must meet certain requirements in order to take advantage of the e-titling program.

Requirements for e-title transfer include:

  • Buyer and seller must be Virginia residents with myDMV accounts
  • Sale is one owner to one buyer
  • No liens present on the title
  • No holds on customers’ accounts
  • Sale for a passenger vehicle (car, sport utility vehicle, truck; no trailers, mopeds or all-terrain vehicles)

For a complete list of e-titling requirements, visit

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.