Adding or Removing a name from a South Dakota title

In order to add or remove a name from the ownership on a title, the original paper title is required along with the current odometer mileage for vehicles\motorcycles 20 years old or newer. If there is a lien holder, you will have to request the original paper title and get a signed letter of authorization from the lien holder allowing the change.

Documents required to add or remove a name

Certificate of title

Current odometer (mileage)

South Dakota Motor Vehicle and Boat Title Application (MV-1001)

Driver’s License or State Issued ID for all owners (new ownership)

        Proof of Social Security Number is required with an out of state Driver’s License or ID

Signed letter from lien holder (if applicable)

The back of the title will need to be filled out as the current ownership ‘selling’ to the new ownership. The current owners listed on the title will date, fill in the odometer (if 20 years or newer), and sign the back of the title as sellers. The new owners will fill in the buyer’s section (the name(s), address, and how the names should be connected if more than one) and sign as buyer.

Example: The title currently is in Jane Smith’s name only and needs to add John Smith to the title. Jane Smith will fill in the date, odometer, and sign as seller on the back of the title. Then in the buyer’s section she will write Jane Smith first on the buyer section, ‘or’ as the type of ownership, and John Smith second. Either Jane or John may sign as buyer on the back of the title.            

Example: The title currently is in Jane Smith and John Smith’s names and they want to remove Jane’s name form the title. The date and odometer will be filled in and both Jane and John will sign as sellers on the back of the title. John Smith will write his name in the buyer’s section and sign as buyer on the back of the title.

 

Names connected by ‘AND’ require both owner signatures

Names connected by ‘OR’ require only one signature

 

There is $10.00 title transfer fee to add or remove a name from the title. The current registration will be transferred to the new ownership.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How to fill out the Motor Vehicle and Boat Title Application

When is an odometer disclosure required and how to fill it out?

The title is currently in my name, can I put it in the name of a trust?