I lost bill of sale and no title is present. How can I go forward in registering my car?

Asked 11 months ago - Watsonville, CA

I bought a car without the official bill of sale or title present. The previous owner transferred ownership to me on a handwritten sheet of paper that we both signed. I can not find this paper and only paper work I have for the vehicle is the registration under the previous owners name. How can I register my car without involving the previous owner? I cannot get a hold of him, its been about 5 months since the purchase of the car. This is in California.

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  1. Abraham P Mathew

    Contributor Level 13

    Answered . Best bet is to visit your local DMV and ask for information.

    The information above is NOT LEGAL ADVICE and you should not rely on it. Providing information on Avvo does NOT... more

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