North Dakota DMV Vehicle Transfer | Vehicle Donations

North Dakota Transfer Notification Support Page

Transfer Ownership Occurs When the Donor Completes the Reverse-side of the Title During the Pick-up of the Vehicle Donation. Please Keep a Dated Copy of the Certificate of Title (Front and Back) After It Has Been Signed for Your Personal Records as Dated Evidence of Transfer to Prove Release of Liability.

Typically, when there are no specific requirements listed, this means transfer of ownership occurs with the transfer of the title. We recommend keeping a copy of the transferred title for your personal records.


Please remove the license plates of your donated vehicle before the pick-up. When the owner of a vehicle sells, trades, or otherwise transfers the ownership of the vehicle, the owner must remove all license plate(s) and the vehicle will be considered unlicensed.

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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 or call 855-500-7433. We would be happy to assist you.

If you have additional questions, please visit our vehicle donation FAQS.

If you would like assistance with your vehicle donation, please contact us here.

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

Motor Vehicle Division
ND Dept of Transportation
608 East Boulevard Ave
Bismarck, ND 58505-0780

Phone: 701.328.2725 or 1.855.NDROADS (637-6237)