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With COVID-19 Forcing DMV Closures, Car Owners Face Delays for Vehicle Titles, Registration in Some States

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USA Today, May 15, 2020 – Trying to buy or sell a car on your own has become tough for many Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.

The reason: The pandemic has forced Departments of Motor Vehicles and similar offices to close or reduce their capacity in many states, making registering and signing a vehicle title more difficult.

In some cases, the disruption will temporarily block some Americans from taking possession of cars and trucks while they navigate bureaucratic hurdles to get the necessary paperwork to complete their transactions.

More than 40 states have made “significant changes” to their standard operating procedures for vehicle registration and titling during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Cox Automotive’s Dealertrack Titling Solutions, which provides software to dealers.

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