Unless the car is hers as part of the divorce (which is what I gather from
what the OP wrote) and she's just giving/abandoning it to him cause she
doesn't need it anymore.
If the OP was entitled to the car as part of the divorce, then I don't think
he would have written "was left to me by my ex-wife".
I don't know about his city, but here in mine an abandoned car gets towed to
the impound and the registered owner gets the bill. But I wouldn't be able
to get a title to the car on that basis. That doesn't help the OP cause
ultimately he wants to drive the car, not get rid of it.
He has the information--if it's his as part of the divorce proceedings,
he has the judge order her to take care of it.
If it's not his, then it's not his. He *could* go to the court and
explain that "your honor, she gave me the car but refuses to give me the
title". Won't work. Waste of time.
So without a title, the car isn't his--regardless of who possesses the
If she won't give the title up, then he hands her the car back. If she
doesn't want it, he leaves it with her. If she dumps it back in his
driveway, he puts it on the street and calls it abandoned.
My state DMV (and I believe all other states) has proceedures and forms
for getting a new title and registering a vehicle that you have in your
possession but have no title/registration for. I have done this on a
car that was left with us and which we had in storage for over 8 years
and that had not been registered since then. We did have to get a form
signed by the owner(who had moved to California) saying it was given to
us and when he had last registered it. Our state does not keep
registration records more than 5 years old--hence the form was required.
We did this successfully, but in your case it seems like you are going
to have to get a similar form signed by your ex-wife, and if she won't
get a title for you, she probably won't do this either. I do recall
that their was also something on the forms where you could say that the
original owner was unknown or couldn't be located, but if you did that
you would need to attest to that and get the form notarized. Hope this
Thanks for all the feedback guys....I have tried everuthing possible to
get the regersted in my name, but first I need to get the title. She
claims that she can't find the original, so I sent her a duplicate Title
form to fill out from DMV along w/the lein release form from Chase Bamk
& I have heard every story from her about it it not getting done. I have
seeked Legal advice to see if a lawyer could step on her toes a little
bit & make her crap or get off the bowl.
I may be able to renew the regerstration in her name next month &
pick up an Insurance Company that will provide me full coverage in my
name & I would be good to go, the only thing is if I ever wanted to dump
the car or sell it at a later point in time I will not be able to.
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