Massachusetts Vehicle Power of Attorney Form
A Massachusetts motor vehicle power of attorney is a form that instructs a representative (the attorney-in-fact) on how to carry out vehicle-related tasks for the owner, lessee, or business. The owner must discuss the document with the attorney-in-fact, who must give verbal consent to take on the role.
If the assigned person no longer wants to act as the attorney-in-fact, they must inform the owner immediately. At that time, the owner must revoke the original form or create a new document to appoint a new attorney-in-fact. Changes to the original document or copies are not allowed, which means that the attorney-in-fact cannot use an edited version to prove their authority.
Similar to a limited power of attorney, the form only allows the owner to assign tasks relating to their vehicle. Unless otherwise specified, it does not permit the attorney-in-fact to make decisions about finances, taxes, personal property, or any other type of responsibility that does not involve the vehicle. Instead, the owner would need to complete a general power of attorney, tax power of attorney, or another type of form for these needs.
The form gives the attorney-in-fact permission to register and/or title a vehicle, request a duplicate title, or transfer the title. Additionally, the owner can ask the attorney-in-fact to obtain the recording of the lien or information about the vehicle. To clarify what the owner wants or needs, they must specify what they wish for the attorney-in-fact to do, and when they want it completed.
Signing requirements: No signing requirements. Notarization is recommended.
How to Write
Step 1 – Owner and Attorney-in-Fact Information
Begin the form by writing the current date. Then, write the car owner’s entire name and the attorney-in-fact’s name and address.
Step 2 – Details of Vehicle
Provide the identifiable details for the car:
- Make (e.g., Volkswagen);
- Model (e.g., Golf);
- Body type (e.g., Hatchback);
- Year (e.g., 2016); and
- VIN (Vehicle Identification Number).
Step 3 – Authorized Acts
Because this is a limited power of attorney, the owner must indicate which act(s) he/she authorizes the attorney-in-fact to perform. Click or manually check the box next to each task the attorney-in-fact is allowed to do. If there is a transaction that is not included on this list, check ‘Other’ and specify it on the line provided.
Step 4 – Owner Information
The grantor (owner) checks either Individual or Business and provides his/her name, signature, address, phone number, and email address. It is recommended that this form be notarized.
Step 5 – Notary Information and Signature
This part of the form can only be completed by an official Notary Public. He or she must confirm the identity of the vehicle owner by reviewing a qualifying document. Once the Notary Public verifies the owner, they must enter their personal information and signature.