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Old 03-27-2019, 05:10 PM
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My son lives in TN and has a car but it is in my name. I would like to transfer the title into his name from mine and I live in PA. What do I need to do? Do I need to be there to sign papers. Can I send him the title? How can I go about getting this done without taking a trip to TN
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Old 03-27-2019, 05:40 PM
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I was in a similar situation myself some years ago, and what worked for me could be the simplest solution for you.

Through college, I was driving a car that was titled and registered in my father’s name. After graduation, I moved to California, and before I left, I had him fill out, sign, and notarize a limited power of attorney form which gave me permission to transact any business involving the car—basically, I could sign on his behalf. After I established residence in California and got a California driver’s license, I decided to trade the car at a dealership, and the limited POA form allowed me to sign away the old car as the trade and purchase the new car under my own name. But it also would have worked at a DMV office to do a title transfer in California if I had intended to keep the car and simply get it re-titled and re-registered in my name.

In case you’re intimidated by the phrase “power of attorney”, you should know that this limited POA form specifies the VIN of the vehicle in question and allows your son to sign on your behalf only for business related to that particular vehicle. He can’t use it to sell your house, cash out your IRA, or anything like that.

Most AAA offices in Pennsylvania do license and title work, and many keep limited POA forms on hand specifically for this reason. If you’re a member, they’ll give you one and notarize it free of charge. I worked at a few AAA offices in high school and college, and we always kept them in stock. Otherwise, I expect that most notary and fast tag services also keep the forms on hand and will notarize one for a nominal fee. I’d recommend that you call ahead to make sure they have the form on hand. You can also find templates online to print, but I’d be a little hesitant to trust a form from an unknown website.

Once you have the signed and notarized POA form, you can send that and the title (left as it is) to your son, and then he can have the car re-titled in TN, sell it, or do whatever he wants. You might have him check with the TN DMV just to make sure they’ll accept the POA form, but as mentioned in California, it was perfectly acceptable.
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Old 03-27-2019, 07:50 PM
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The laws are different for each state and you would need to determine what the laws are in Tennessee for titling/transferring out of state vehicle. They may only require your signature on the title or may require you to jump through hoops.....
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