Vermont Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Form
A Vermont motor vehicle power of attorney is a form that allows an agent to take care of administrative tasks and legal responsibilities for a vehicle owner’s car, truck, or van. The vehicle owner, also known as the principal, must list the duties to be completed by the agent. By taking on the “agent” role, the assigned person agrees to adhere to all instructions provided by the principal. In other words, this person cannot make unauthorized decisions.
If the agent makes choices that do not align with the principal’s wishes, the assigned person immediately loses authority and must repay any fees accrued because of their actions. The principal should choose a trustworthy and dependable agent to prevent fraud. To ensure the person’s reliability, the principal often selects a family member, spouse, friend, or business partner as their agent.
Before signing the form, both parties must discuss their responsibilities and the tasks that need completing. The agent may have to operate the vehicle, register it, apply for a new or duplicate title, or transfer ownership. If the tasks involve buying or selling the car, the principal must be sure to reimburse the agent for the cost of the vehicle. Similarly, the agent must give the principal any payment received during the vehicle transaction.
The agent must keep all receipts obtained when acting on the principal’s behalf to prove the transaction occurred. If the deal involves signing for the principal, the agent must write their signature, print the vehicle owner’s name, and include the letters “POA” on the same line. This action indicates that the agent signed for the principal without their presence.
Signing requirements: One (1) witness must sign the form to acknowledge the principal’s signature.