Titling of Vehicles Owned by Trusts

A trust is a legal entity that holds property or assets for the person(s) who created it. To learn about creating trust contact your attorney.

A vehicle may be titled in the name of a trust. Depending on the language of the trust document, one trustee may be able to sign for all others. If there is no language to allow one trustee to sign for all other trustees, or if the document uses an "and" when naming the trustees and has no language exists to allow one trustee to sign for all of the trustees, the signature of all trustees will be required. A trustee would sign their own name on behalf of the trust, for example: "Jane Smith, Trustee for the John Doe Trust"

Transfer

To transfer a title into the name of the trust, all persons named as owners on the face of the title must sign off to transfer ownership to the trust. If the vehicle is less than ten years old one person who can sign for the trust must sign the front of the title, attesting to the mileage on the vehicle.

Application for Certificate of Title

The Application for Certificate of Title (PDF) must be in the name of the trust and the new certificate of title must be in the name of the trust as designated in the trust document. Depending on the wording of the trust, the application for the new title must be signed by one person authorized to sign for all trustees of the trustor it must be signed by all trustees.

A copy of the front page of the trust document must be presented with the old title and application for a new title whenever a trust is involved.

If the trust owned vehicle is sold, then the number of signatures required to sell the vehicle will depend on the wording of the trust, discussed in the second paragraph above.