Do you plan to travel abroad in your beloved car? Do you intend to sell your car to a person who resides in another state? You could require a Car Title Apostille if the response to any of the aforementioned questions is yes. You will be able to either receive your car Apostille through the Secretary of the State or Federal Apostille because each US state (that issued your original documentation for your car) has its own requirements for apostille (Secretary of the District of Columbia in Washington D.C.).
While some governments might want a notarized copy of your actual vehicle documents, others, like Italy, might demand original vehicle titles that have been apostilled. So, depending on where your car is heading in the world, you can either ask us to prepare a notarized copy or Apostille the original documentation.
Vehicles other than automobiles need an Apostille in order to be sold or transported to another country. For all other forms of road transportation, including vehicle titles, truck titles, motorcycle titles, etc., the procedure is the same.
A car title is a document that serves as proof of ownership and includes identifying information about the car, such as a model and a vehicle identification number (VIN).
A car title apostille is a specialized certificate that is issued by the Secretary of State in Washington, DC or by the state that issued the document. This certificate confirms to the authenticity of your original document and is usually attached to it. Nowadays, there are 117 countries that recognize the apostille as a way to legitimize paperwork.
If your car title needs to be authenticated by a country that does not accept the apostille, we recommend that you contact us for more details. Our company is available to work with such countries to legalize the title.
It’s important that you find a professional notary with at least a few years of experience. Any errors or delays with improper notarization will cause the document to be rejected by the state costing you time and money.
You must meet your local notary in person so they can witness you signing the contract if you are selling your car to a foreign buyer. The car title must be color-copied by either you or the notary, and the notary will attach a form titled "Copy Certification" to the copy.
In the unfortunate event that your car was stolen and later found in another country, such as Mexico, you will need to provide evidence that you are the only owner of the vehicle. You will need to meet your local notary for this procedure with a colored copy of your car title. It's crucial to confirm both your ownership of the recovered vehicle and the veracity of the color copy of the original document you have in your hands. This is mostly an affidavit under oath to establish ownership.