Motor Vehicle Titles

A certificate of title is proof of ownership. If a vehicle is purchased through a licensed Minnesota dealer, the dealer will take care of the transfer paperwork.

Application Process

First Time/New to State Registration & Plates
 
Complete and bring the title application Application to Title a Motor Vehicle (PS 2000) (PDF) . Bring your certificate of origin or title (if you don't have one of these documents, bring the current registration card), the odometer reading and your driver’s license or state ID card.

If there is a lien against the vehicle, you must provide the date of the loan, along with the name and complete address of the lienholder.

If both you and your vehicle are new to Minnesota, and the out of state plates are current, you have a 60-day grace period to register the vehicle.
 
Remember to bring your insurance information.  Information consists of the insurance company's name, the policy number, and the policy expiration date for the subject motor vehicle or motorcycle.
 
Apply in person at one of our Customer Service Centers
 


Motor Vehicle Tile Transfer

Buyer must bring the completed title, odometer reading and a driver’s license or state ID card.
Seller must complete the "Seller's" portion of title, including signatures
You may want to bring the seller with you (not required).

If there is a lien on the vehicle you will have to bring a lien release from the bank.

Remember to bring your insurance information.  Information consists of the insurance company's name, the policy number, and the policy expiration date for the subject motor vehicle or motorcycle.

Apply in person at one of our Customer Service Centers

Cost

Fees vary depending on the classification and year of the vehicle. Title fees generally run around $30, plus any applicable excise tax and any registration costs.

You must pay by CASH or CHECK made payable to Scott County. We do not accept debit or credit cards at this time.