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Administrative Registration of Motor Vehicle

This procedure is to be used in the event a person has been unable to register title to a motor vehicle they have purchased.

Defendant seller must be the record owner of the vehicle.

Filing fee is the same as for any civil action.

Plaintiff should attempt serving notice of hearing on defendant by mail at last known address.

After the order has been signed the Plaintiff will be required to provide a certified copy along with required fees to the registrar of motor vehicles.


HOW TO OBTAIN A COURT ORDER TO TRANSFER A MOTOR VEHICLE TITLE
Minn.Stat. 168A.04, 168A.08, 168A.25

If the Minnesota Department of Public Safety has not been able to transfer a motor vehicle into your name, you may need a court order. A court order to transfer title can be obtained by:

1) Filling out the Notice of Motion, Motion and Affidavit for Order Directing Issuance of Title to a Motor Vehicle. This form is available at the court administrator's office or you may download by clicking on the link. You are the Plaintiff and the person from whom you bought the vehicle (or in some cases who gave you the vehicle) is the Defendant. You will need to sign the Affidavit in front of a notary public or court staff.

2) File the completed, signed Notice of Motion, Motion and Affidavit for Order Directing Issuance of Title to a Motor Vehicle in the county in which you live, along with a completed Findings of Fact and Order form (which is available at the court administrator's office).

3) You must pay the civil filing fee. If you cannot afford to pay the filing fee due to unemployment or low income, you may qualify for a waiver. Court staff will supply you with forms to waive the filing fee.

4) When your Motion has been accepted for filing, you will receive a hearing date. It is your responsibility to serve a copy of the Notice of Motion, Motion and Affidavit for Order Directing Issuance of Title to a Motor Vehicle on the Commissioner of Public Safety and on the person who sold/gave you the vehicle.

5) Service is made by mailing a copy of the Motion by first class mail. It must be mailed at least 14 days before the hearing date. Because you are the plaintiff, you may not do the mailing. You must have someone who does not have a direct interest in the case and who is at least 18 years of age do the mailing for you. That person must also complete an affidavit of mailing and sign it in front of a notary public or court staff. This form is available at the court administrator's office or you may download the form at www.mncourts.gov. The original affidavit of mailing must be returned to the court for filing at least five days before your scheduled hearing date.

6) You must obtain a certified copy of the current motor vehicle registration from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). You must return the certified copy of the current motor vehicle registration to the court at least 7 business days prior to the date of your hearing. If you do not obtain the certified copy or return it to the court, your motion may be dismissed. The DPS is located at 445 Minnesota Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101. You will need to take a copy of your filed Notice of Motion and Affidavit for Order Directing Issuance of Title to a Motor Vehicle with you to the DPS. The DPS needs to know that you have already started a court action before they will give you a certified copy of the current vehicle registration.

7) If the registered owner is not the same person who sold/gave you the vehicle you must return to court and file an amended Motion. You must also serve the registered owner with a copy of the amended Motion. Follow the instructions in paragraph 5. Failure to add the registered owner may cause your Motion to be dismissed.