West Virginia Car Title Transfer and Registration

Vehicle registration must be completed with the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) in order to legally drive on WV roadways. So what do you need to take with you to complete your transaction the first time? It depends on how you own your automobile (leasing, making payments, or owner with title) and how you want to register (single, joint, business or transfer to family member) your automobile.

West Virginia gives new residents 30 days to register and title their vehicles upon establishing residency in the state.

Registration occurs at your local WV DOT branch. Bring your title, driver’s license, completed application form, and payment for your registration fee. New West Virginia residents should bring your current registration certificate, as well as proof of residency in the state.

Vehicle Registration & Title Transfer Process

To complete the registration of your vehicle and transfer the title with the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT), you must provide the following:

  • The out-of-state title and registration.
    • If you have a loan on your vehicle, you need a photocopy of the title, or printout of an electronic lien, and a letter from the lienholder showing they have the title.
  • Proof of residency (mortgage/lease/rental agreement, utility bills, etc.)
  • An Application for Certificate of Title for a Motor Vehicle (form DMV-1-TR), which will be used for both title and registration.
  • Auto insurance information.
  • Payment for all registration and titling fees and taxes.

Note that you will have 10 days from the day you register/title your vehicle to complete a vehicle inspection.

To be sure you have everything you need before getting in line at the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) office, visit www.transfermyauto.com, answer 3 to 5 questions to generate a checklist of what is needed. Military personnel often get tax breaks in many states, your checklist will indicate if this is the case.