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Old 12-21-2020, 09:02 AM
 
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It has been a while since I have sold a car privately.
I was wondering if a notary has to be be present when both I and the buyer sign the title, or if it only needs to be notarized when I sign it?

I have some pretty serious health issues and really not wanting to wait in line at the DMV to have it notarized with the seller with everything with Covid.

The title doesn't say anything specific on it, and I thought I remember in the past being able to just give a buyer a signed/notarized title.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 12-21-2020, 03:52 PM
 
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Only the sellers signature is notarized, but some notaries balk at notarizing the title if the buyers information is blank.

Its very important to fill in names and sign with full names as listed on the title and drivers license. Failure to do so will void the title. Must sign as "John Jones Smith", not "John J. Smith" for example.
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Old 12-22-2020, 11:38 AM
 
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Only the sellers signature is notarized, but some notaries balk at notarizing the title if the buyers information is blank.

Its very important to fill in names and sign with full names as listed on the title and drivers license. Failure to do so will void the title. Must sign as "John Jones Smith", not "John J. Smith" for example.
Thank you! It's really hard to find that info. So the DMV officially does not require both to be notarized? A buyer can go into the DMV with a title signed/notarized by me (the owner) and have everything work out smoothly with the transfer?

Just want to make sure.

Thanks again
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Old 12-23-2020, 04:35 PM
 
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https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/title-regi...-transfer.aspx

https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/title-regi...-transfer.aspx

Vague but seems to indiicate both signatures have to be notarized, however the DMV can notarize the buyer's signature. As pp said, you'll have to find a notary who won't mind notarizing just one signature (which shouldn't actually present a problem).

As noted the title must be signed by you EXACTLY as your name appears on the front.
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Old 12-23-2020, 05:41 PM
 
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https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/title-regi...-transfer.aspx

https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/title-regi...-transfer.aspx

Vague but seems to indiicate both signatures have to be notarized, however the DMV can notarize the buyer's signature. As pp said, you'll have to find a notary who won't mind notarizing just one signature (which shouldn't actually present a problem).

As noted the title must be signed by you EXACTLY as your name appears on the front.
Buyer's signature does not require notarization.
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Old 01-07-2021, 08:22 PM
 
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Does it have to be a NC Notary or can I use a notary from a different state?

Last edited by scar1919; 01-07-2021 at 08:32 PM..
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