Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Form

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Updated January 25, 2023

A motor vehicle power of attorney is a form that can be used to designate another person (“agent”) to handle vehicle-related responsibilities on their behalf (e.g. registering, title, selling the vehicle, etc.).

Signing Requirements – In most jurisdictions, this form is required to be signed in the presence of a notary public.

By State

 

Table of Contents

How It Works (5 steps)

  1. Gather Vehicle Information
  2. Select the Agent
  3. Choose Powers
  4. Signing
  5. Using at the DMV

1. Gather Vehicle Information

person gathering vehicle documents

The owner will have to gather their ownership records, including:

  • Certificate of Title
  • Registration
  • Proof of insurance
  • License plates
  • Any other documents that may be required by the local motor vehicle office

This information will be used to certify the owner and verify vehicle information.

2. Select the Agent

person reviewing document with agent

Select an individual or company to handle the owner’s requests. This should be someone who is trustworthy and can handle the responsibility that is given to them.

3. Choose Powers

principal reviewing vehicle power of attorney form

If the powers are restricted, make sure to define the agent’s limitations. For example, if the agent is only allowed to register the vehicle make sure to write it in a clear manner.

Vehicle power of attorney forms can be written to allow someone else to sell a vehicle. Therefore, make sure to write the form specific to the owner’s needs.

Vehicle Bill of Sale – Use as a purchase contract for a vehicle between a buyer and seller.

4. Signing

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After downloading and writing the form, the principal, in most states, will be required to sign in the presence of a notary public. This can be completed in any of the following ways:

After the form is notarized, the agent will be able to begin acting on their newly acquired powers.

5. Using at the DMV

The agent must present a signed physical copy of the vehicle power of attorney form at the DMV. In addition, they must bring state or federally-issued identification to confirm that they are the person named as the agent.

Once verified, the agent can perform any acts for the principal at the DMV.

Signing Requirements

State Form Signing Requirements
Alabama MVT 5-13 Notarize
Alaska Form 847 Notarize
Arizona 48-1001 Notarize
Arkansas N/A N/A
California REG 260 Owner of Vehicle
Colorado DR 2175 Notarize
Connecticut  A-83 Two (2) Witnesses & Notarize
Delaware Form MV386 Notarize
Florida HSMV 82053 Owner of Vehicle
Georgia Form T-8 Notarize
Hawaii DMVL596-2-09 Notarize
Idaho ITD 3368 Notarize if Applying for Duplicate Title
Illinois Power of Attorney Owner of Vehicle
Indiana State Form 1940 Notarize
Iowa Form 411021 Notarize
Kansas TR-41 Owner of Vehicle
Kentucky Vehicle Power of Attorney Notarize
Louisiana Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Notarize
Maine Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Certified Technician and Notary Public
Maryland VR-470 Owner of Vehicle
Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Certified Technician and Notary Public
Michigan TR-128 Owner of Vehicle
Minnesota Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Certified Technician and Notary Public
Mississippi Form 78-003-10-1-1-000 Notarize
Missouri Form 4054 Notarize (Not Required if Signing Electronically)
Montana MV65 Notarize
Nebraska Power of Attorney Notarize
Nevada VP136 Notarize
New Hampshire Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Notarize
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Certified Technician and Notary Public
New Mexico MVD–11020 Notarize
New York Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Certified Technician and Notary Public
North Carolina MVR-63 Notarize
North Dakota Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Certified Technician and Notary Public
Ohio BMV 3771 Notarize
Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Certified Technician and Notary Public
Oregon Form 735-500  Owner of Vehicle
Pennsylvania  Power of Attorney Notarize
Rhode Island Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Certified Technician and Notary Public
South Carolina Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Notarize
South Dakota MV-008 Notarize
Tennessee RV-F1311401 Notarize
Texas Form VTR-271 Owner of Vehicle
Utah Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Certified Technician and Notary Public
Vermont Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Certified Technician and Notary Public
Virginia VSA 70 Owner of Vehicle
Washington TD-420-050 Notarize
West Virginia DMV-9-TR Notarize
Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Certified Technician and Notary Public
Wyoming Power of Attorney Notarize

Sample

VEHICLE POWER OF ATTORNEY

I. THE PARTIES. This Vehicle Power of Attorney made this [DATE], is by and between:

Principal: [NAME] and a mailing address of [ADDRESS] who grants power of attorney to:

Agent: [NAME] with a mailing address of [ADDRESS] who accepts such powers and agrees to act on behalf of the Principal.

II. THE VEHICLE. The Principal agrees to grant power of attorney for the following:

Make: [MAKE]
Model: [MODEL]
Year: [YEAR]
Style: [STYLE]
VIN: [VIN]

III. POWERS GRANTED. The powers granted by the Principal include registration with the state and local authorities, change of ownership, titling of the vehicle, and any other related responsibilities. Such powers shall be for an indefinite period of time unless terminated by the Principal.

IV. EXECUTION.

Principal’s Signature: ______________________ Date: ____________

Date of Birth: ______________________

If an individual, Social Security Number: _____-_____-_______

If an entity, Federal EIN: ____-__________

 
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