Why would you need proof of ownership?
A car title is a legal document establishing proof of ownership of a vehicle. The title accompanies the vehicle throughout its life and is reissued with each new owner and/or any new state of residence.
Some examples of when proof of ownership may be needed include VIN verification, selling the vehicle, or transferring registration to another state.
When is a title is NOT needed?
According to Connecticut statute 14 Sec. 14-166 Exempted Vehicles, the acquisition of a Certificate of Title is not required for the following circumstances:
- A vehicle is owned by a non-resident of this state and not required by law to be registered in this state.
- Special mobile equipment.
- Any trailer having a gross weight not in excess of 3,000 lbs.
- A motor vehicle owned by the state or any town, city, or borough within the state.
- A snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle (ATV)
For more exempt vehicles, refer to statute link above.
Connecticut does not require a title for vehicles more than 20 model years old.
Please contact the DMV's call center with any questions: