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June 10, 2019

Vehicle Donation FAQ: Can You Donate a Car Without a Title?

Donating a car to charity has become one of the most convenient ways to dispose of an old and unwanted vehicle. Through this option, the donor enjoys a hassle-free donation process, free towing services, and a tax deduction as well.

In general, the only basic requirement when donating a vehicle to charity is for the donor to hand over its title together with the vehicle.

What about those who want to make a charitable car donation but whose vehicle title has been lost or stolen? These people often ask, “Can you donate a car without a title?”

Charitable organizations are always faced with this question, and the answer remains the same. Most nonprofits will be glad to accept a donated vehicle regardless of its type, model, age, and condition. However, if it’s without a title, they’d be hesitant to accept such a donation.

If you have an old untitled vehicle that you want to dispose of, one option is to take your car to the nearest junk shop where it would be sold for scraps. However, by selling it as junk, you can say goodbye to your aspiration of helping the needy and getting the tax deduction benefits that goes with charitable donations.

A sure-fire solution to your problem would be to obtain a duplicate title of your vehicle through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or by asking your chosen charity for help regarding this matter.


What You Need to Get a Duplicate Title

Charities are well-versed with the steps that you need to take so that you can obtain a duplicate or replacement title for your vehicle. It’s important to remember that the requirements might vary from one state to another. Generally, however, these are the steps you have to take:

  1. Fill out an application form.

Get a hard copy of the replacement title application form, which you can personally obtain from your local DMV office or through its website. Make sure you fill out every required field with the right information.

  1. Prepare the necessary documents.

Some states would require you to submit a copy of your driver’s license as well as your vehicle’s registration. To be sure, you can phone the DMV office in your area and ask what other documents are required when applying for a duplicate title.

  1. Submit the application form.

After filling out the application form and reviewing the information you placed there, hand it over to your local DMV office. You can either mail it or deliver it personally to the office. Don’t forget to affix your signature.

  1. Pay the required fees.

The DMV would also require you to pay a specific fee for the replacement title for your vehicle. The amount varies from state to state. You can consult your local DMV office for this.

Many charitable nonprofit organizations are always ready to help prospective car donors in securing duplicate titles for the vehicles they’re offering to donate. In some cases, they may even work with an agency to make the process easier.

Some nonprofits accept vehicle donations even without titles as long as the donors can prove that the vehicles they’re donating have no liens.


Help Those Heroes Who Made Our Country Safe

Veteran Car Donations is one of those vehicle donation platforms for nonprofit organizations that accept all types of vehicles—working or not—and sell them at an auction to generate funds that would support programs for the benefit of their nonprofit partners’ beneficiaries.

When you donate a vehicle to us, we will use the proceeds from the auction sale of your vehicle to help finance the services being delivered by our charity partners to the needy veterans in your area. Your donation will be your way of expressing your heartfelt gratitude to those brave men and women who fought for us and risked their lives to defend our freedom and protect our nation’s security.

Our IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit partners provide homeless veterans and those with service-connected disabilities with mortgage-free and specially adapted homes. Those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental issues are provided with free mental health care while those seeking jobs are given employment opportunities and job training. Other underprivileged veterans get to receive transitioning assistance, tutoring support, education scholarships, financial assistance, and many other benefits.

To thank you for your charitable contribution, we will facilitate the release of your 100% tax-deductible sales receipt once your donated vehicle is sold at auction. This receipt serves as your ticket for availing yourself of a sizeable tax deduction when you file your itemized federal income tax return for the next tax-filing season. We will mail you this receipt within 30 days following the sale of your vehicle.

Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about shelling out cash for the towing service when we pick up your vehicle because the fee for this is on us!

For more information on our vehicle donation program, feel free to visit our FAQs page. For inquiries, you can call our toll-free 24/7 hotline 877-594-5822 or send us a message online.

You can donate to Veteran Car Donations by either calling us or filling out our secure online donation form. We accept donations of nearly all types of vehicles wherever you are in the United States since we have car donation programs in all 50 states.


Uplift the Lives of Needy Veterans in Your Area

If you have a clunker that’s just gathering dust in your garage and is taking up much-needed space, you can always count on us to dispose of it for you. All you need to do is to dial 877-594-5822. We’ll be happy to take that vehicle and transform it into a powerful tool that can uplift the lives of the needy veterans in your area.

Veteran Car Donations operates in all 50 states.

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