Minnesota Vehicle (DMV) Power of Attorney Form
A Minnesota motor vehicle power of attorney empowers the attorney-in-fact to represent the principal (a vehicle owner, lessee, or business) when completing tasks regarding a car, truck, or van. The principal chooses the amount of power they want to give to the attorney-in-fact by allowing or restricting responsibilities.
The person completing the form must write instructions for the attorney-in-fact. Both parties must clearly understand the given task(s). Since wrongful decisions (intentional or non-intentional) can result in legal action, the attorney-in-fact must ensure they clarify their role before acting on the principal’s behalf.
When acting in place of the vehicle owner, the attorney-in-fact needs to have the signed form in hand. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) does not allow the attorney-in-fact to make decisions for the owner unless they have a copy of the form. If the attorney-in-fact legally possesses the document, they can sign papers for the principal, apply for a registration and title, or request a duplicate title. Additionally, they have the power to buy or sell a vehicle through a dealership or private party.
A motor vehicle power of attorney only allows an attorney-in-fact to complete tasks for a vehicle. If the task is not related to a vehicle, the principal must complete another type of power of attorney form. A general power of attorney covers financial-related decisions, whereas a tax power of attorney gives the attorney-in-fact the ability to make tax-related decisions for the principal.
Signing requirements: Notarization required.
How to Write
Step 1 – Information of Both Parties Involved
For this first section, write today’s date, the car owner’s full name, and the attorney-in-fact’s full name and address.
Step 2 – Car Identifiers
To ensure the agent’s authority is limited to a specific vehicle, fill in the following details:
- Body type
- VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
Step 3 – Acts Authorized
The owner must indicate on this form which act(s) he/she authorizes the attorney-in-fact to perform. Select the box associated with each task the attorney-in-fact is allowed to do. If there is a transaction that is not included on this list, enter a checkmark by ‘Other’ and specify it on the line provided.
Step 4 – Owner or Business Personal Details
The grantor (owner) executes the form by selecting either Individual or Business and providing his/her name, signature, address, phone number, and email address. A Notary Public must oversee the owner’s signature and complete the following section of the form to confirm they served as a witness.
Step 5 – Notarization
A Notary Public must enter their personal information and sign to verify the authenticity of the grantor’s signature.