Iowa DMV Vehicle Transfer | Vehicle Donations

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A Notice of Sale of Vehicle and Delivery of Title Form are REQUIRED for the Donor to Complete After the Pick-up Date of the Vehicle Donation to Release Liability. Plates also should either be transferred to another vehicle or returned to the County Treasurer within 30 days.

HOW TO HANDLE THE LICENSE PLATES WHEN YOU DONATE A CAR, TRUCK, SUV OR OTHER STANDARD VEHICLE IN ILLINOIS


Please remove the license plates of your donated vehicle before the pick-up. In order to fully complete your release of liability, the owner should either transfer the plates to another vehicle or return to the County Treasurer within 30 days.

Please See the Steps Below for How to Complete the Notice of Sale of Vehicle and Delivery Title Form:

There are two ways in Iowa to notify the DOT (Department of Transportation) that you have donated your car: in person or by mail. Currently, there is no option available online. You can find more information and forms for each notification method below:


1. TO COMPLETE THE NOTICE OF SALE OF VEHICLE AND DELIVERY OF TITLE IN PERSON:


  • Please print and complete Section 2 (only) of the Affidavit of Sale and Delivery of Title [Form #411107] "Notice of Sale of Vehicle and Delivery of Title".
  • Submit to your local field office. Click HERE and scroll down the page to locate your local field office.

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2. TO COMPLETE THE NOTICE OF SALE OF VEHICLE AND DELIVERY OF TITLE BY MAIL:


  • Please print and complete Section 2 (only) of Affidavit of Sale and Delivery of Title [Form #411107] "Notice of Sale of Vehicle and Delivery of Title".
  • Mail completed form to:

    Department of Transportation
    P.O. Box 9278
    Des Moines, IA 50306

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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: When do I cancel my insurance? A. Only cancel your vehicle's insurance AFTER your vehicle has been picked up and you have notified the state that you’ve donated your vehicle. If your state requires notification, please be aware that you should never cancel your insurance prior to reporting to the state you are no longer in possession of the vehicle. This is a general rule for States/Motor Vehicle Departments that require Notification be submitted or license plates returned.

Q: Who is considerd the purchaser of my vehicle donation? Is it the nonprofit or charity? A. The purchaser of your donated vehicle is NOT the nonprofit or charity. It will either be the vendor or Charitable Adult Rides & Services, the vehicle donation program provider and partner of your nonprofit of choice.

Q. What is State Notification? A. State notification releases the vehicle donor from liability over the vehicle, including registration fees and from having to keep the vehicle insured, after the vehicle is picked up. State notification is a way for the state to create a record that the owner is no longer in possession of the vehicle. The steps needed to release your liability of a donated vehicle vary by state.

Q. Who is supposed to take care of the state notification process? A. If state notification is required, only the donor and/or owner of the vehicle can complete this process. Please do not rely on the pick-up driver or vendor to report to the State/Motor Vehicle Department that you are no longer in possession of the vehicle. If you need support, please contact the vehicle donation support team at donorsupport@careasy.org or call 855-500-7433. We would be happy to assist you.

For more information on vehicle transfers, please contact your local Motor Vehicle Division:


Department of Transportation
Motor Vehicle Division, Office of Vehicle Services
6310 SE Convenience Blvd.
Ankey, IA 50306

Phone: 515.237.3110
DOT Website