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IC 9-17-3
     Chapter 3. Expiration, Replacement, and Transfer of Certificates of Title

IC 9-17-3-0.5
"Third party"
    
Sec. 0.5. As used in this chapter, "third party" means a person having possession of a certificate of title for a:
        (1) motor vehicle;
        (2) semitrailer; or
        (3) recreational vehicle;
because the person has a lien or an encumbrance indicated on the certificate of title.
As added by P.L.268-2003, SEC.7.

IC 9-17-3-1
Validity of title; renewal
    
Sec. 1. (a) A certificate of title is valid for as long as the vehicle for which the certificate of title has been issued is owned or held by the person who originally held the certificate of title.
    (b) A certificate of title does not have to be renewed except as otherwise provided.
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.5.

IC 9-17-3-2
Loss, theft, mutilation, or destruction; application for duplicate certificate of title; requirements
    
Sec. 2. (a) If a certificate of title:
        (1) is lost or stolen;
        (2) is mutilated;
        (3) is destroyed; or
        (4) becomes illegible;
the person who owns the vehicle or the legal representative or legal successor in interest of the person who owns the vehicle for which the certificate of title was issued, as shown by the records of the bureau, shall immediately apply for and may obtain a duplicate certificate of title.
    (b) To obtain a duplicate certificate of title under subsection (a), a person must:
        (1) furnish information satisfactory to the bureau concerning the loss, theft, mutilation, destruction, or illegibility of the certificate of title; and
        (2) pay the fee provided under IC 9-29.
    (c) The word "duplicate" shall be printed or stamped in ink on the face of a certificate of title issued under this section.
    (d) When a duplicate certificate of title is issued, the previous certificate of title becomes void.
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.5. Amended by P.L.125-2012, SEC.79.

IC 9-17-3-3


Repealed
    
(Repealed by P.L.92-2013, SEC.40.)

IC 9-17-3-3.1
Repealed
    
(Repealed by P.L.92-2013, SEC.41.)

IC 9-17-3-3.2 Version a
Transfer statement language for certificate of title applications
    
Note: This version of section effective until 7-1-2014. See also following version of this section, effective 7-1-2014.
    Sec. 3.2. (a) When a certificate of title is available and a vehicle is sold or transferred to a person other than a dealer licensed in Indiana, the seller or transferor shall fill in all blanks on the certificate of title relating to buyer information, including the sale price.
    (b) The knowing or intentional failure of the seller or transferor to fill in all buyer information is a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class D felony for the second or subsequent offense under IC 9-17-3-7(c)(2).
As added by P.L.131-2008, SEC.44. Amended by P.L.125-2012, SEC.80.

IC 9-17-3-3.2 Version b
Transfer statement language for certificate of title applications
    
Note: This version of section effective 7-1-2014. See also preceding version of this section, effective until 7-1-2014.
    Sec. 3.2. (a) When a certificate of title is available and a vehicle is sold or transferred to a person other than a dealer licensed in Indiana, the seller or transferor shall fill in all blanks on the certificate of title relating to buyer information, including the sale price.
    (b) The knowing or intentional failure of the seller or transferor to fill in all buyer information is a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense and a Level 6 felony for the second or subsequent offense under section 7(c)(2) of this chapter.
As added by P.L.131-2008, SEC.44. Amended by P.L.125-2012, SEC.80; P.L.158-2013, SEC.137.

IC 9-17-3-3.4
Sale or transfer of ownership of vehicle; requirements to transfer certificate of title
    
Sec. 3.4 (a) If a vehicle for which a certificate of title has been issued is sold or if the ownership of the vehicle is transferred in any manner other than by a transfer on death conveyance under section 9 of this chapter, the person who holds the certificate of title must do the following:
        (1) Endorse on the certificate of title an assignment of the certificate of title with warranty of title, in a form printed on the certificate of title, with a statement describing all liens or

encumbrances on the vehicle.
        (2) Deliver the certificate of title to the purchaser or transferee at the time of the sale or delivery to the purchaser or transferee of the vehicle, if the purchaser or transferee has made all agreed upon initial payments for the vehicle, including delivery of a trade-in vehicle without hidden or undisclosed statutory liens.
        (3) Unless the vehicle is being sold or transferred to a dealer licensed under IC 9-32, complete all information concerning the purchase on the certificate of title, including, but not limited to:
            (A) the name and address of the purchaser; and
            (B) the sale price of the vehicle.
    (b) If a vehicle for which a certificate of title has been issued by another state is sold or delivered, the person selling or delivering the vehicle must deliver to the purchaser or receiver of the vehicle a proper certificate of title with an assignment of the certificate of title in a form prescribed by the bureau.
    (c) The original certificate of title and all assignments and subsequent reissues of the certificate of title shall be retained by the bureau and appropriately classified and indexed in the most convenient manner to trace title to the vehicle described in the certificate of title.
As added by P.L.262-2013, SEC.23.

IC 9-17-3-3.5
Buyback vehicles; certificate of title
    
Sec. 3.5. (a) This section applies to a vehicle for which a certificate of title is required to be obtained under IC 24-5-13.5-12.
    (b) The bureau shall do the following:
        (1) For a subsequent request for a new certificate of title for a buyback vehicle, whether titled in Indiana or any other state, cause the words "Manufacturer Buyback . Disclosure on File" to appear on the face of the new certificate of title.
        (2) Maintain a listing of all reported buyback vehicles in accordance with this section, maintain a record of the disclosure document required by IC 24-5-13.5-10(3), and allow access to the listing and disclosure document upon written application.
As added by P.L.65-1992, SEC.2. Amended by P.L.1-1993, SEC.53; P.L.118-1993, SEC.1; P.L.1-1994, SEC.39.

IC 9-17-3-4
Members of armed forces; transfer of title; procedure
    
Sec. 4. (a) A certificate of title for a vehicle held by an Indiana resident who is serving in the armed forces of the United States may be transferred by the Indiana resident to another person if the resident authorizes the transfer by a letter signed by the Indiana resident. The letter must be accompanied by proof that the Indiana resident is actively serving in the armed forces of the United States and is outside Indiana.
    (b) When the bureau receives the letter and proof described in subsection (a), the bureau may make the transfer to the person named

in the letter.
    (c) Whenever a transfer described in subsection (a) is made, the letter:
        (1) must be attached to the certificate of title being transferred; and
        (2) becomes a permanent record of the bureau.
    (d) The bureau shall use reasonable diligence in determining if the signature of the person who signed the letter described in subsection (a) authorizing the transfer is the signature of the person.
    (e) If the bureau is satisfied that the signature is the signature of the person who owns the vehicle described in the certificate of title, the bureau shall issue an appropriate certificate of title over the signature of the bureau and sealed with the seal of the bureau to the person named in the letter.
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.5. Amended by P.L.125-2012, SEC.81; P.L.262-2013, SEC.24.

IC 9-17-3-5
Sale of vehicle under order of court or statutory provision; application for certificate; evidence of ownership
    
Sec. 5. (a) Whenever a vehicle for which a certificate of title is required by this article is sold under:
        (1) an order or a process of an Indiana court; or
        (2) any provision of an Indiana statute;
the person who purchases the vehicle may obtain a certificate of title for the vehicle by filing an application for the certificate of title with the bureau and attaching to the application written evidence showing the order, process, or statute under which the person obtained ownership of the vehicle.
    (b) The bureau shall use due diligence to ascertain that the sale was in conformity with the order, process, or statute under which the sale occurred and, if the bureau is satisfied, the bureau shall issue a certificate of title to the person who obtained or purchased the vehicle.
    (c) An order or a process of an Indiana court described in subsection (a) must include the:
        (1) year of manufacture of;
        (2) make and model of;
        (3) vehicle identification number of; and
        (4) name and address of the person who is entitled to;
the vehicle.
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.5. Amended by P.L.125-2012, SEC.82.

IC 9-17-3-6
Surrender of title under laws of another state or country; cancellation of certificate
    
Sec. 6. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), if the bureau receives notification from another state or a foreign country that a certificate of title for a vehicle that was issued by the bureau has been surrendered by the person who owns the vehicle in conformity

with the laws of the other state or country, the bureau may cancel the record of certificate of title in Indiana.
    (b) The bureau must retain information necessary to comply with section 8 of this chapter.
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.5. Amended by P.L.61-1998, SEC.1; P.L.125-2012, SEC.83.

IC 9-17-3-7 Version a
Violation of chapter; Class C infraction
    
Note: This version of section amended by P.L.92-2013, SEC.42. See also following version of this section amended by P.L.262-2013, SEC.25 and following version of this section amended by P.L.158-2013, SEC.138, effective 7-1-2014.
    Sec. 7. This section does not apply to section 5 of this chapter. A person who violates this chapter commits a Class C infraction.
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.5. Amended by P.L.131-2008, SEC.45; P.L.92-2013, SEC.42.

IC 9-17-3-7 Version b
Violation of chapter; penalties
    
Note: This version of section amended by P.L.262-2013, SEC.25. See also preceding version of this section amended by P.L.92-2013, SEC.42 and following version of this section amended by P.L.158-2013, SEC.138, effective 7-1-2014.
    Sec. 7. (a) This section does not apply to section 5 of this chapter.
    (b) Except as provided in subsection (c), a person who violates this chapter commits a Class C infraction.
    (c) A person who knowingly or intentionally violates:
        (1) section 3.4(a)(1) or 3.4(a)(2) of this chapter commits a Class B misdemeanor; or
        (2) section 3.4(a)(3) of this chapter commits:
            (A) a Class A misdemeanor for the first violation; or
            (B) a Class D felony for the second violation or any subsequent violation.
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.5. Amended by P.L.131-2008, SEC.45; P.L.262-2013, SEC.25.

IC 9-17-3-7 Version c
Violation of chapter; penalties
    
Note: This version of section amended by P.L.158-2013, SEC.138, effective 7-1-2014. See also preceding version of this section amended by P.L.92-2013, SEC.42 and preceding version of this section amended by P.L.262-2013, SEC.25.
    Sec. 7. (a) This section does not apply to section 5 of this chapter.
    (b) Except as provided in subsection (c), a person who violates this chapter commits a Class C infraction.
    (c) A person who knowingly or intentionally violates:
        (1) section 3(a)(1), 3(a)(2), 3(a)(4), or 3(a)(5) of this chapter commits a Class B misdemeanor; or
        (2) section 3(a)(3) of this chapter commits:


            (A) a Class A misdemeanor for the first violation; or
            (B) a Level 6 felony for the second violation or any subsequent violation.
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.5. Amended by P.L.131-2008, SEC.45; P.L.158-2013, SEC.138.

IC 9-17-3-8
Adoption of rules to enable motor vehicle owners to determine prior titling
    
Sec. 8. The bureau shall:
        (1) enable the owner of a motor vehicle titled in Indiana to determine:
            (A) whether that motor vehicle has previously been titled in Indiana; and
            (B) if the motor vehicle has previously been titled in Indiana, whether the title was issued as a salvage title under IC 9-22-3; and
        (2) impose a service charge under IC 9-29 for services performed by the bureau under this section.
As added by P.L.61-1998, SEC.2. Amended by P.L.125-2012, SEC.84; P.L.262-2013, SEC.26.

IC 9-17-3-9
Transfer on death conveyance; requirements
    
Sec. 9. (a) The owner or owners of a vehicle may create an interest in the vehicle that is transferrable on the death of the owner or owners by obtaining a certificate of title conveying the interest in the vehicle to one (1) or more named individuals as transfer on death beneficiaries.
    (b) Subject to subsection (e), an interest in a vehicle transferred under this section vests upon the death of the owner or owners.
    (c) A certificate of title that is:
        (1) worded in substance as "A.B. transfers on death to C.D." or "A.B. and C.D. transfer on death to E.F."; and
        (2) signed by the owner or owners;
is a good and sufficient conveyance on the death of the owner or owners to the transferee or transferees.
    (d) A certificate of title obtained under this section is not required to be:
        (1) supported by consideration; or
        (2) delivered to the named transfer on death beneficiary or beneficiaries;
to be effective.
    (e) Upon the death of the owner or owners conveying an interest in a vehicle in a certificate of title obtained under this section, the interest in the vehicle is transferred to each beneficiary who is described by either of the following:
        (1) The beneficiary:
            (A) is named in the certificate; and
            (B) survives the transferor.


        (2) The beneficiary:
            (A) survives the transferor; and
            (B) is entitled to an interest in the vehicle under IC 32-17-14-22 following the death of a beneficiary who:
                (i) is named in the certificate; and
                (ii) did not survive the transferor.
    (f) A transfer of an interest in a vehicle under this section is subject to IC 6-4.1.
    (g) A certificate of title designating a transfer on death beneficiary is not testamentary.
    (h) In general, IC 32-17-14 applies to a certificate of title designating a transfer on death beneficiary. However, a particular provision of IC 32-17-14 does not apply if it is inconsistent with the requirements of this section or IC 9-17-2-2(b).
As added by P.L.83-2008, SEC.5. Amended by P.L.143-2009, SEC.3; P.L.6-2010, SEC.4; P.L.36-2011, SEC.1.