A Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney is a simple yet powerful document that enables a car owner to grant all matters related to the registering, licensing, transfer of ownership, and/or titling of the vehicle to another individual.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
What is a Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney?
Situations often occur when an owner of a vehicle (known as the “Principal”), which could be a company or an individual, needs the help of another person (known as the “Agent”) to handle vehicle-related tasks. You may choose whether to make your Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney specific or cover a broad range of purposes.
Use a Vehicle Power of Attorney if:
- You are unable to physically attend to the needs of your vehicle.
- Need an employee to file the appropriate paperwork/registration/title for a company vehicle.
- You need to appoint an attorney-in-fact to transfer title to a vehicle.
How to Use a Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney
Before completing a Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney, you need to obtain the vehicle’s information including the Year, Make, Model, Style, Vin Number and Odometer (Milage Count). This information will be inputted into your Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney. Once you have this basic information, you need to choose an attorney-in-fact who will be acting on your behalf in regards to your vehicle.
Once your Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney is complete, it is necessary that the vehicle’s owner sign the document along with the signature of a Notary Public.
How to Write a Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney
It is best to use the State specified vehicle power of attorney document when writing. If your State does not have a specific form, you may use the generic one provided and fill-in.
Step 1 – Principal and Agent
In the first field, enter the name of the Principal (Vehicle Owner) including their mailing address. Follow by doing the same for the Agent (attorney-in-fact). To complete this step, input which State the vehicle is or will be registered.
Step 2 – Vehicle Information
Enter the Following information:
- The year of the vehicle
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
- Odometer reading
Step 3 – Vehicle’s Owner
If the vehicle’s owner is an Individual, input the owner’s date of birth and their social security number. If the vehicle is owned by a Company, enter a federal ID/EIN number. In our example, the vehicle is owned by an individual.
Step 4 – Signature(s)
- Principal’s signature
- Date of signature in mm/dd/yyyy format
Step 5 – Notarization
- The notary shall witness the Principal’s signature
- Notary shall then complete all of the required information in acknowledgment of the validity of the form
- The notary shall affix their official seal