Auto Transport – What documents do I need to ship my car?

If you are using an auto transport company to ship your car, you will need to provide several important documents the vehicle being transported.

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To Ship My Car, What Documents Are Needed?

If you are shipping your car by using an auto transport company, you must provide documents for the company to verify the vehicle actually belongs to you and that you have insurance.

Within the Continental United States

If you are having an auto shipping company transport your car, truck, motorcycle, ATV or RV within the continental United States, you will need to provide a several pieces of information and documents.

Original Title and Registration: You must possess the original title and registration for shipping a vehicle. If there is a current lien on the title, you must provide a letter of permission from the Lien Holder.

Insurance: You must provide proof of insurance for the vehicle being shipped. This proof of insurance must not be expired; the dates must be unexpired.

Photo Identification: You must provide a photo identification of yourself. You may either provide an unexpired state driver’s license or ID, or an unexpired Passport of the country where you are a legal resident.

Special Considerations: If you are not the owner, you must provide a notarized letter with specific information. Examples of information needed include the actual auto transport company, the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of your vehicle and the full name of person acting on your behalf.

Overseas, or To Another Country

If you are having an auto shipping company transport your car, truck, motorcycle, ATV or RV overseas or to another country, you will need to provide additional pieces of information and documents.

Original Title or registration: You must verify that you are the only title holder of the vehicle, with no Lien Holder. If the title has a lien, the Lien Holder must give you permission by providing an Original Letter from the Lien Holder, with 3 certified copies of the Certificate of Title.

Insurance: You must provide proof of insurance for the vehicle being shipped. This proof of insurance must be active with a valid date and it cannot be expired.

Photo Identification: You must provide either a state issued driver’s license or ID, or a Passport of the country you are a legal resident. These forms of identification cannot be expired and must be up to date.

Bill of Sale: You must provide a Bill of Sale or a Notarized Bill of Sale as proof that you own the vehicle. Car transporting companies cannot ship a vehicle to another country without the owners consent.

Sales Tax proof: You must provide documents verifying you paid the state sales tax when you bought your car or truck, motorcycle, ATV or RV. Car transport companies must know that the vehicle is up to date on any sales taxes prior to shipment.

Import Duty: You may need to provide proof of any tax levied on the car or truck, depending on which country your vehicle is being shipped to or from.

Original Power of Attorney: If you are importing or exporting your car, truck, motorcycle, ATV or RV on behalf of another person, you must provide the original Power of Attorney document. This document ensures that you have a legal right for the importing or exporting of the vehicle that you do not own.

Military: If you are serving in the military or as a military contractor overseas, here is a website to give you specifics to get your vehicle ready for shipping: http://www.military.com/off-duty/autos/shipping-car-overseas-checklist.html

More Information About Car Shipping

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