Motor Vehicle Registrations and Transfers

All transactions require some type of identification to process.

Due to Minnesota privacy laws we can only disclose account information to the record owner.

Proof of current insurance is required when applying for motor vehicle registration or transfer of ownership.


Buying or Selling a Motor Vehicle-Just the Facts 

View helpful details about buying or selling a motor vehicle.


Transfer Vehicle Ownership

  • Most recent title from state of last license is used to transfer a Motor vehicle or trailer. If the title cannot be located, the seller must apply for a duplicate.
  • The mileage as it appears on the odometer must be written on the title.
  • Title will show all current owners names. All those whose names appears as owners must sign as sellers.
  • If a lien holder is listed, the lien holder must sign lien release and provide to the owner. (All lien release documentation must be notarized and must be originals-copies are not acceptable.)
  • Transfer of ownership from the seller to the buyer is NOT finished until the completed title is turned in and fees are paid.
  • For unique situations or questions on vehicle transfers, please visit or contact us at (507) 295-5264.
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Motor Vehicle Registration from Out-of-State

  • When someone moves to Minnesota, they must submit foreign state title or current registration if the title is being held by lien holder.
  • Applicants must provide current odometer reading and driver's license or state-issued identification card.
  • If there is a lien against the vehicle, the owner must provide the name and complete address of the lender, as well as the date of the loan.
  • Owner's signature is required on the Minnesota title application.
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