Application for Duplicate or Paperless Title REG 227February 27, 2019 ADLA Notary
The California Department of Motor Vehicle form REG 227 (Application for Duplicate or Paperless Title) serves two purposes. It may be used torequesta duplicate vehicle title if the original has been lost, stolen or mutilated and it may also be used totransfervehicle ownership when the title isn't available.
Often people mistakenly believe REG 227 needs to be notarized before it is processed by the DMV. While it is true that the REG 227 has a notarization certificate at the bottom of the first page, it isnt meant for most requests. It applies specifically toSection 5which states:LEGAL OWNER OF RECORD RELEASE OF OWNERSHIP AND/OR INTERESTMust be notarized.
Section 5 pertains to Lien-holders (Banks and Finance companies), not private sellers. When a vehicle has been financed, the lien-holder has financial interest in the vehicle until the debt has been satisfied. When the loan has been paid off, Section 5 allows the lien-holder to release interest and when that release is entered, it needs to be notarized.
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