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Motor Vehicle TITLES

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Titles office is part of the Laramie County Clerk’s office. By law, our office issues certificates of title for vehicles in Laramie County, WY.

What is a title?

A certificate of title is a legal document that establishes ownership of a mobile home, motor vehicle, snowmobile, trailer, or watercraft. Information on vehicle ownership is entered into state and national databases. In Wyoming, vehicle titles are issued by the County Clerk according to the laws of Wyoming.

Transferring ownership can be a complicated process and can involve the laws of many states. Each title situation is different, and there can be many variables affecting the transfer of ownership.

The information on our website addresses the most common situations you may encounter. If you have questions, it is important to contact the County Clerk’s Titles office for guidance.

What is a vehicle registration?

Registration allows a vehicle to be driven on public roads. In Wyoming, vehicle registration and license plates are issued by the County Treasurer, who also collects vehicle sales taxes. For information on vehicle registration and sales taxes, call (307) 633-4232 or visit the Laramie County Treasurer website.

Title Tips for Sellers
  • All persons whose names are on a Wyoming certificate of title must sign in the presence of a notary to sell a vehicle. However, for Wyoming titles issued on or after Jan. 1, 2020, the notarized signature of only one party is required if multiple owners’ names are joined by “or” and are not designated as JTWROS.
  • The Odometer Disclosure Statement.
  • A bill of sale (Check with the County Treasurer’s office on bill of sale requirements. Call (307) 633-4232 or visit  Laramie County Treasurer website.
  • If you allow the buyer to make payments, consider filing a Security Agreement to protect your interests should the buyer default on payments.
  • Always bring photo identification with you when visiting the Titles office.
Title Tips for Buyers
  • Never buy a vehicle if the seller can’t show you the title in their name, unless you can verify that the title is held by a bank or credit union.
  • Make sure all previous liens have been properly released. Each state has different requirements. Call our office for specific information.
  • Your Wyoming physical address must appear on the title.
  • All persons whose names are on a Wyoming certificate of title must sign in the presence of a notary to sell a vehicle. However, for Wyoming titles issued on or after Jan 1, 2020, the notarized signature of only one party is required if multiple owners’ names are joined by “or” and are not designated as JTWROS.

HOW DO I GET A TITLE ON MY VEHICLE?

New Vehicle Purchased From a Dealer

A new vehicle comes with a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) or Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO). A licensed franchise dealer can assign ownership to the buyer by signing the back of the MSO and having their signature notarized. If the dealer’s signature is not notarized, state law requires it be rejected.

In most cases, the dealer will forward your paperwork to our office. If you are financing the purchase, your paperwork may come from your financial institution. When we receive your paperwork, we will send you a letter notifying you to come to the office to sign the application for title.

If the dealer or lender gives you the paperwork, bring the following documents to our office:

  • The original MSO signed by the dealer (signature must be notarized).
  • The Sales/Use Tax form if purchased from a Wyoming dealer.
  • The Odometer Disclosure Statement.
  • Completed Dealer Reassignment or title application.
  • Photo identification.
Used Vehicle Purchased From a Wyoming Dealer

To transfer the title of a pre-owned vehicle currently titled in the state of Wyoming, you will need the following:

  • All persons whose names are on a Wyoming certificate of title must sign in the presence of a notary to sell a vehicle.  However, for Wyoming titles issued on or after Jan 1, 2020, the notarized signature of only one party is required if multiple owners’ names are joined by “or” and are not designated as JTWROS.
  • Make certain that any liens noted on the front of the Wyoming title have been released by the County Clerk or the seller must give you a lien release or termination statement from the lienholder.
  • The Odometer Disclosure Statement. (For more information, see FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TITLING)
  • A Wyoming sales and use tax form.
  • Photo identification. 
Used Vehicle with an Out-of-State Title
If the title you receive has a place for the seller’s signature to be notarized, then the seller needs to sign it in the presence of a notary public. (Some states do not require notarization of the seller(s) signature.) 

To be issued a Wyoming title in your name, you will need the following:

    • Original certificate of title signed by the seller(s) according to the laws of the state that issued the title.
    • Make certain that any liens noted on the title have been released or that you are given a lien release or termination statement from the lienholder.
    • The Odometer Disclosure Statement. (For more information, see FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TITLING)
    • vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection.
    • The original certificate of title with all owners’ signatures properly notarized (if the title was issued by another state, call the titles office at (307) 633-4247 to see if seller signatures need to be notarized).
      • If the out-of-state title is branded in any way (salvage, rebuilt, flood, etc.), Wyoming law requires the same brand be printed on the Wyoming Certificate of Title.
    • Photo identification.
Used Vehicle Purchased From an Individual

If you are purchasing a vehicle from an individual, always ask to see the title. You will need the following:

Vehicle Located Out of State

When a Wyoming resident purchases a vehicle out-of-state and needs to obtain a Wyoming title, you can complete the process by mail (Laramie County Clerk, Titles, 309 W 20th St, Ste 1502, Cheyenne, WY 82001). We recommend you keep copies of any original documentation sent by mail. 

  • Original MSO signed by the dealer (signature must be notarized) or the certificate of title signed by the seller(s) according to the laws of the state that issued the title.
  • The Odometer Disclosure Statement. (For more information, see FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TITLING)
  • vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection.
  • The signed application portion of the vehicle identification number inspection form.
  • If you financed the vehicle, a legible copy of the financing statement or security agreement.
  • All necessary fees.

Title Fees

Certificate of Title or Duplicate 15.00
VIN Inspection 10.00
New Lien 20.00
Partial Lien Release 5.00
Amendment to Lien 5.00
Assignment of Lien 5.00
Continuation of Lien 5.00
Transfer of Equity 5.00

Contact Our Office

Do you have questions about the County Clerk’s office? Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Office@LaramieCountyClerk.com

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TITLING

BOATS

As of Jan 1, 2010, all motorized watercraft must have a title in order to be registered by Wyoming Game and Fish. If you purchase a boat from a state that does not title boats, you will need the following:

LIENS

Filing a Lien on a Vehicle

If you sell a vehicle and allow the buyer to make payments, you can protect yourself by filing a lien on the title. You will need to bring the following to the County Clerk’s office:

  • The original Wyoming certificate of title.
  • Security Agreement signed by the buyer.
  • The appropriate fee.

Releasing a Lien from my Title

For all Wyoming titles, the lien must be released by the County Clerk’s office in the county that filed the lien. Bring the following:

LOST/DUPLICATE TITLE

If you lose your title, you can apply for a duplicate by completing an application for duplicate title and submitting it to our office with the appropriate fee

The application must include the following: 

  • Year, make and vehicle identification number.
  • Notarized signatures of all persons whose names appear on the original title.
MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOMES

If you own a mobile or manufactured home and are not sure if ownership was transferred into your name, complete the following steps:

  1. Contact law enforcement and set up an appointment to have a vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection conducted.
  2. Contact WYDOT to have a title search performed.

If you still have questions after you have completed steps 1 and 2, call our office for further guidance (307) 633-4247.

Contact our office prior to proceeding with the checklist. These steps may not be required in your specific situation.

Mobile & Manufactured Reliquishment Customer Checklist
Manufactured Housing Affidavit
State’s Affidavit

MULTI-PURPOSE VEHICLES

Definition of Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV)

  • Is designed to travel on at least four (4) wheels in contact with the ground.
  • Has an empty weight of at least 300 pounds but less than 3000 pounds.
  • Has a permanent upright seat or saddle for the driver which is mounted at least 24″ from the ground.
  • Has a vehicle identification number (VIN).

New MPV from Dealer 

To title a MPV purchased new from a dealer, you will need:

  • The MSO signed by the dealer with the signature notarized.
  • The MPV Checklist.
  • Wyoming Sales and Use Tax Statement (required from a Wyoming dealer).
  • Bill of Sale.

Pre-Owned MPV with Wyoming Title

To title a previously owned MPV with a Wyoming Certificate of Title, you will need:

  • The Wyoming title properly signed by the seller(s) with all signature(s) notarized.
  • The MPV Checklist.

Pre-Owned MPV with No Title

To title a previously owned MPV that has no certificate of title, you will need:

Bring photo identification.

NAME/OWNERSHIP CHANGES

Ownership change due to death

There are too many variables to give accurate information without reviewing the title in question, and our staff cannot provide legal advice. Transfers on death can be complicated by the number of owners or the type of ownership specified on the title. To get the best information, call (307) 633-4247 or visit the Titles office.

Ownership change due to divorce

  • If you have possession of the title and the other owner is willing, both parties can sign the back of the title as sellers, having their signatures notarized.
  • The title can then be issued in the name of the party who was awarded the vehicle in the divorce settlement.
  • If you do not have possession of the title or the other party is not willing to sign as seller, present a certified copy of the divorce decree, including the property settlement provisions, when applying for a title.
  • The year, make, and vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle must be specified in the divorce decree.
SALVAGE TITLES

Salvage to Rebuilt

The owner of a vehicle with a title branded “salvage” issued by Wyoming or any other state may be issued a title with the brand of “rebuilt” after obtaining a rebuilt decal from WYDOT. WYDOT will require the following:

After receiving the rebuilt decal and placing it on the vehicle as directed by WYDOT, a certificate of title branded “rebuilt” may be issued by providing the following to the County Clerk’s office:

Salvage/Branded Title (Example:  Hail)   

TRAILERS

As of Jan 1, 2010, all trailers must have a title in order to be registered. This includes small trailers weighing less than 1000 pounds and homemade trailers. 

To get a trailer titled in your name, you will need one of the following:

  1. A properly signed title with all signature(s) notarized; or
  2. If you buy a trailer from a state that does not require trailers to be titled, or you buy a Wyoming trailer that was not previously titled (prior to Jan 1, 2010), you will need a vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection and an Affidavit of Ownership completed by the seller(s) or their original previous trailer registration.
VIN/HIN

For vehicles located in Laramie County

  • A vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection done by a Wyoming dealer if the vehicle was in their inventory or by law enforcement with access to the NCIC system, if vehicle was purchased from an individual or from an out-of-state dealer.
      • Cheyenne Police Dept – 415 W 18th St (307) 633–6524.
      • Laramie County Sheriff’s Dept – 1910 Pioneer (307) 633–6524.
      • Wyoming Highway Patrol – 5300 Bishop Blvd (307) 777-4321.
  • If the vehicle is not running or is a trailer over 20’ long, call for an onsite inspection. Inspections are completed as possible between other calls and are subject to cancellation. Appointments cannot be scheduled.
      • Police Dept if located in the city limits (Wednesday only).
      • Sheriff’s Dept if located outside the city limits (7 days a week during daylight hours).
  • Show proof of ownership (dealer invoice or bill of sale) and photo identification

HIN

Hull identification number (HIN) inspection done by local law enforcement or by Wyoming Game and Fish – (307) 777-4585.

Homemade boats or those manufactured before 1972 need to have a hull identification number (HIN) assigned by Game and Fish.

State-Assigned VIN for homemade/restored/rebuilt vehicles

All vehicles must have an identification number before a title can be issued. If the vehicle you have is a homemade trailer, a kit car, or one that has been restored or rebuilt using parts that include the vehicle identification number from a different vehicle, you will be required to get a state-assigned vehicle identification number (VIN) from WYDOT

MOTOR VEHICLE TITLE FORMS

Affidavit of Distributee

Not earlier than thirty (30) days after the death of a decedent, the legal heir(s) may apply for a title as long as the estate is under $200,000. A Certified Copy of Decedent’s Death Certificate is to be attached to this Affidavit along with the original title.

Use of this form does not constitute legal advice by any deputy of the County Clerk’s office. Affiant may be advised to seek legal advice.

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Affidavit of Facts

This Affidavit may be used to correct errors documented on Title applications. Please contact our office to ensure the use of this form will be acceptable.

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Affidavit of Repossession

This Affidavit is for the purpose of transferring ownership of described vehicle to said Secured Party through the issuance of a Certificate of Title by the Laramie County Clerk.

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Lien Release Statement

A Lien Release/Termination statement is completed by the lienholder/secured party once a lien has been paid in full.

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Odometer Statement

Effective Jan 1, 2021, odometer disclosure statements are required for vehicles model year 2011 and newer.

If there is no odometer statement on the certificate of title or if the statement does not read as follows: I hereby state that the odometer now reads _____(no tenths) and to the best of my knowledge reflects the actual mileage of the vehicle. The seller and buyer must both sign the odometer disclosure statement.

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POWER OF ATTORNEY

For use by the Titles office only.

If a seller(s) cannot be present at the time title documents are signed, they can give someone the authority to act on their behalf by completing and signing a Power of Attorney form. The original POA form must be presented with the original certificate of title to complete any title transfers or name changes.

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Rebuilt Salvage Vehicle Decal

Salvage vehicle means any motor vehicle which has been wrecked, destroyed or damaged to the extent that it is declared a total loss by the insurance company or, in the event an insurance company is not involved in the settlement of the claim, sustains damage in an amount exceeding 75% of its actual retail cash value. Once a motor vehicle is declared a total loss, Wyoming requires the vehicle to go through the rebuilt process through WYDOT. For more information, click here.

State-assigned vin

State-assigned vehicle identification numbers (VIN) are issued to homemade or rebuilt vehicles which do not have a VIN, and to vehicles with more than one VIN. For more information, click here.

Title Application/Vin Inspection Form

This form serves two purposes. The top portion is the Wyoming Title Application. The VIN/HIN inspection information is on the bottom half and is completed by law enforcement. Wyoming law enforcement agencies usually have these forms in their possession.

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Warranty of Notarization statement

When there are multiple owners on a certificate of title and one or more of the owners cannot be present to sign the original certificate of title, a warranty and notarization statement can be mailed for them to complete and sign. The properly signed and notarized form can be attached to the original certificate of title showing that all owners whose names appear on the title have agreed to sell the vehicle.

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