Is an Original Car Title Kept on File After the Vehicle Is Sold?


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The original car title is not kept on file after the vehicle is sold. Local branches of the Department of Motor Vehicles maintain records of car ownership, which allow them to produce duplicate titles for owners who have lost the original.

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Proof of ownership and basic information about the make and model of the car is required to secure a duplicate title. The specifics of car title transfer vary from state to state, so a buyer or seller must check with his or her local DMV office. For record-keeping purposes, the buyers and sellers are encouraged to make copies of the original title before and after transfer.

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