Motor Vehicle Titles

COVID-19 Status Update - 3/26/2020 11:30AM

Governor Tim Walz issued a stay-at-home order for Minnesota effective Friday, March 27, at 11:59 PM through April 10. Only essential services will remain open.

What does this mean?All driver’s license agents and deputy registrar offices must close.

No applications for tabs, title transfers, duplicate titles, disability certificates, recreational vehicles, et cetera will be accepted after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, and we will do our best to process any items left in the Scott County drop box prior to the cutoff. Any items unable to be completed will be returned by mail.

We will continue to staff the office for critical items such as property tax payments and vital records requests (i.e., birth, death, and marriage certificates).

As our government buildings are closed to the public, we are unable to process driver’s and marriage license applications at this time.

If you have any questions about these or any other services Scott County provides, please feel free to call us at 952-496-8432. Staff are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to answer your calls.

Please note that all DVS offices will be closed including exam stations.

Dealers: The Governor’s order recognizes that motor vehicle repairs and limited sales are considered critical services and may continue during this period. According to the order, dealerships may conduct "sales that are necessary to allow for essential travel, when conducted by appointment, and only when CDC and MDH guidelines, including social distancing, can be met.”

Granting extensions for driver’s licenses, ID cards, and tabs requires a change to state law, and the Minnesota Legislature is scheduled to consider this topic. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) will provide additional information and guidance if anything changes. We will post any updates on social media and to our website as they become available.
Thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented time.
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.

Due to the implementation of MNLARS and its ongoing limitations NO title transfers will be processed after:


3:30 pm daily (5:30 pm on Thursdays) 


This does not effect our other services such as tab renewal, driver's licenses, birth/death certificates, marriage licenses, etc. 


Motor vehicle dealers must continue to be in line by 2:30 

 
  



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 Title 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 can pay with cash, check (payable to Scott County) or credit card. If you pay with a credit card you will be paying a 2.45% convenience fee..