How to Fill Out a Certificate of Title When Selling a Car in North Carolina

by Shanan Miller ; Updated July 27, 2017

While some states allow vehicle title transfers while a lien is still listed, the state of North Carolina does not. You must make sure that, if your North Carolina car had a loan on it at one time, your title was signed by the bank to release the lien. In addition, owner signatures must be notarized. Any co-owners also have to sign the title.

Step 1

Check the front of the title to make sure no bank names exist under the lien holder section. If one does, make sure the bank has signed in the designated area to prove the lien has been satisfied. Call the bank listed on your title for further information, as you cannot transfer your title with a lien present.

Step 2

Turn the title over. Additional information is required on the back of the title. Print your name and the name and address of the purchaser in the space provided, and input the correct odometer reading. Date the title and fill out the Damage Disclosure, as North Carolina requires that serious vehicle damages be reported.

Step 3

Go to a North Carolina Vehicle & License Plate Renewal Office with any co-owners to sign in front of a notary. Bring your driver's licenses.

About the Author

Shanan Miller covers automotive and insurance topics for various websites, blogs and dealerships. She has extensive automotive experience, including auction, insurance, finance, service and management positions. Miller has worked for dealer sales events around the United States and now stays local as a sales and leasing consultant for a dealership.