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How Does an Alberta Vehicle Title Transfer Work

When you’re ready to sell your car in Alberta, there are a few things you should know before handing over the keys. First and foremost, it’s illegal to drive a vehicle without proper ownership documentation. If you’re caught, you could face a hefty fine. This is why it’s important to complete all of the necessary steps when selling your vehicle, including cancelling your old plates.

Getting a new car title in Alberta involves filing several documents with the Registry of Motor Vehicles, including a transfer form and a lien report. You’ll also need to provide identification and proof of insurance. Once all of these requirements are met, the Registry will issue a new title in the buyer’s name, effectively conveying ownership of the vehicle. The buyer will then need to attach the proper license plates and complete the registration process.

Can I give a car as a gift in Alberta?

If you want to give a vehicle to a family member in Alberta, you can do so as long as the legal owner and registered owner aren’t the same person. The legal owner is the person named on the front of the title, while the registered owner is listed on the back. The giver will need to complete a bill of sale document with a $0 payment and note their relationship to the recipient in the “Transfer of Title by Seller” section to prove gift status.

In addition to the transfer of vehicle ownership, the giver will need to cancel their existing registration and submit a signed notarized letter stating that they are giving the vehicle away. The buyer can use the original plates on the new vehicle for up to 30 days before they need to be returned or re-registered.

Once you’ve completed the transfer of vehicle ownership, it’s essential to inform your insurance company or advisor of the change. In most cases, the insurer will provide you with a 14-day grace period to register your new car, which gives you time to get the necessary paperwork in order and ensure that the registered owner is insured.

If you’re going through a dealer, they will handle all of the required paperwork for you, including inspections and obtaining vehicle history reports. This will make the process much quicker and easier. Alternatively, you can register vehicles online with MyAlberta, which is fast and easy, as long as you have digital copies of the required documentation.

If you are registering your vehicle in person, be prepared to present your bill of sale, proof of insurance and valid driver’s licence. Some regions may additionally require you to show additional documentation like a valid vehicle inspection report or odometer reading. Having the proper documentation in your possession will help to speed up the process and reduce the chance of any delays or errors.

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