What if it was gifted to me?
Any time there is a transfer of ownership for no consideration, monetary or otherwise, the seller must complete an Affidavit of Transfer of Ownership Without Consideration (DMV-5-TR). This affidavit must also be signed by the purchaser and accompany the certificate of title.
If the vehicle is titled in WV and is being gifted to a WV resident and the gift is between parent to child/child to parent or spouse to spouse, no gift affidavit is required per WV Law Code 17-A-34(2). Without the affidavit, the seller will pay tax on the book value, no matter what the relationship. The affidavit must be completed in its entirety. Incomplete affidavits will be returned.
Anyone not having a telephone must provide a number they can be reached at. Providing incorrect, false, or fraudulent information about the consideration exchanged, subjects the applicant as well as the seller to the revocation, suspension, and/or cancellation of any and all driver’s licenses, registration plates, cards, and permits issued in their name.
Any title application in which a purchase price is listed on the title and an Affidavit of Transfer of Ownership Without Consideration is attached will not be accepted as we have conflicting statements.
The form must be notarized and our office can help with that.