Two important elements of owning a car are to hold the title and registration. Many vehicle owners, however, probably don’t know what the difference is between the two. Both documents prove that the vehicle belongs to you, but there is a distinct difference between the two. Here is a look at that distinction.
Let’s start by talking about the title associated with the vehicle. Titles indicate who owns the vehicle in the eyes of the law. It could either be a person a business; there can also be a single owner or multiple owners, depending on the situation. Sometimes, the title is called the pink slip. That’s because the title is on a pink slip of paper, although this isn’t always the case.
Registration is required by the state in which you live, including in the District. The registration papers prove that you have registered your vehicle with the DMV where you live. It also proves you’ve paid all the associated taxes and fees. Registration documents are accompanied by license plates that often show when your registration is due to expire and needs to be renewed. You need registration documents and stickers on the license plate to indicate that the car is street legal and roadworthy. Cars, trucks, and vehicles of all kinds need to have a license plate to identify them and track who owns the vehicle.
Proof of Ownership
Before you can register a vehicle, you have to show proof of ownership. You have to indicate that your name is on the title, which is why many people confuse the two. After proving that the car belongs to you, you can proceed with the registration process. Even in a private sale, there is still a transfer of ownership that call for title and registration. If you can give the DMV a title certificate and bill of sale so that the registration process can be completed.
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