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When you pay off a car loan should the lien holder send you clear title or do you have to go to the DMV and pay to have it removed?

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2014-04-18 15:28:04
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AnswerIt depends on the state you live in and their individual state laws. For example in the state of Ohio don't expect for your lender to send you a cleared title after you've paid off the loan. You are required to go down to the state DMV, pay the appropriate fees and get your title directly from them.

Now if you live in a paperless title state (for example California), and you have officially paid off your loan, the lender will then electronically release its lien through the state DMV. Then DMV will process the electronic title into a physical paper title and they will mail it to the owner of the vehicle. So in a paperless state it would then be the DMV's responsiblity to get the title to the owner. In some cases if you owe taxes or fees to the DMV for whatever reason, the DMV is likely to hold on to your title until you physically go down to DMV and try to obtain the cleared title.

For a paper title state. In general the lender would release the cleared title after an appropriate amount of time goes by to make sure the payoff amount you sent does clear the bank.

In general once the loan is paid the lending institution is required to send back the title with the "lien-holder" line signed off and indicated as paid, and that is mandated depending on each individual state DMV laws. There is no real penalty to the lending institution so if they don't get around to sending it nobody cares until you send a registered letter requesting the title. At that point you may take the title to the DMV and request a new title, but it doesn't really do anything special for you other than make you pay for the replacement title. The advantage of NOT getting a new title with no lien-holder is, you won't be getting all of the junk mail from companies that want to sell you stuff.

Contact your lender or local DMV and find out what your particular state requires in regards to your title after it has been paid off; or just call the lender directly they would have the info you would need to your particular account.

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