Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Forms

The Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Forms are documents that a motor vehicle owner can complete to delegate specific tasks related to their motor vehicle to another party. The tasks may range from registering the title of a vehicle to transferring it. These forms are usually administered by the motor vehicle department of each state. By implication, if the motor vehicle owner resides in a state where a state-specific form is available, it is crucial that they make use of it. Failure to use the appropriate form will result in the motor vehicle owner’s application being rejected.

Motor Vehicle Power of Attorneys by State

What is a Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney?

A Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal form that sets out an arrangement whereby a motor vehicle owner will appoint another party (called the Agent or Attorney-in-Fact) to handle specific tasks related to their vehicle. Once the form is approved, the Agent will be granted special powers to act on the Principal’s behalf to complete these tasks.

The tasks a motor vehicle owner may ask of their Agent are usually limited to those permitted by the motor vehicle division of the owner’s state. Typical tasks the motor vehicle owner may delegate to their Agent include:

  • Transferring the title of their motor vehicle,
  • Applying for a duplicate title, and
  • Applying for a new title.

In some states, the form may allow the owner to create a Power of Attorney for their boat or trailer as well.

In order to ensure the smooth passage of their Motor Vehicle POA application, the motor vehicle owner should pay special attention to any signing requirements asked of them. Some states will not require any to be met, whereas other states will require acknowledgment by a Notary Public and/or for the Principal to sign their name before one (1) or more witnesses.

How to Get a Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney

A motor vehicle owner will find that getting a Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney is quite a simple process, so long as they respect any specific guidelines that are applicable in their state. The most important steps the motor vehicle owner should follow to get this form are outlined below.

1. Select who will act as their Agent 

The first step is for the motor vehicle owner to choose who will act on their behalf to take care of the motor vehicle tasks they require assistance with completing.

2. Fill out a Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney

The second step is for the motor vehicle owner to obtain a Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney form and to fill it out. Most forms require the owner to provide their name, as well as that of their Agent. Additionally, the form will require them to provide basic information about their motor vehicle, such as the vehicle make, body type, model year, vehicle identification number (VIN), and title number.

3. Uphold any signing requirements, if any

The third step is for the motor vehicle owner to make preparations to ensure they meet any signing requirements stated in the form, if any. In cases where signing requirements are evident, the owner may need to organize for a Notary Public and/or one (1) or more witnesses to appear when they sign the form.

4. Make copies of the form for themselves and their Agent 

The second to last step is for the motor vehicle owner to make copies of the form for both themselves and their Agent. In most cases, the motor vehicle owner will not be able to keep the original as it will need to be filed with the relevant state department.

5. File the form with the state DMV, if necessary

The final step is for the motor vehicle owner to file the Motor Vehicle POA with the relevant state department specified on the form. Most states make it necessary for the form to be filed with the department administering it, which in most cases will be the state motor vehicle department. Once the form is filed, the motor vehicle owner will then need to wait until their application has been approved before the Agent may begin acting on their behalf.

If the form does not need to be filed with a state department and no other requirements are demanded by state law, the motor vehicle owner may ask the Agent to begin their duties.