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Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability

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Welcome to the DMV Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability (NRL) System.

Reporting the sale or transfer of a vehicle or vessel to the DMV does not constitute a transfer of ownership. The record is not permanently transferred out of your name until the DMV receives a completed application for transfer of ownership and payment of appropriate fees from the new owner.

The vehicle record for International Registration Program (IRP) vehicles with IRP license plate number configurations may be submitted. However, the vehicle record for that license number will not be updated.

When this online service is properly completed and the information is recorded by the DMV, liability for parking and/or traffic violations and civil litigation resulting from operation after the date of sale becomes the responsibility of the new buyer.

For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

To process an NRL, you must have the:

  • License plate number
  • Last five digits of the vehicle identification number
  • New owner’s name and address


By selecting the “Start” button above, you will be directed to the Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability page. After you enter your License Plate Number or CF Number, and Last Five Digits of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or Vessel Hull ID, you will have access to the Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability application. To learn more about how your information is shared as well as the laws that protect the release of your information visit How Your Information is Shared.

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