Probably 50% of my notary business consists of people transferring car titles. Sometimes they are donating, sometimes they are selling, sometimes they are inheriting. Regardless of how they are transferring ownership, the paperwork needs to be correct.
Rule #1: Don't fill out or sign the back of the title
Many people think they can just fill out the back of the title, sign it, then have the buyer take it to a notary for the stamp and seal part. WOAH!!! Hold it, buddy! This could be a costly mistake.
The title must be filled out a certain way. If you printed any of the information on the back of the title and the Office of Motor Vehicles requires it to be written a different way, you've just cost yourself money. You're going to need an Act of Correction and your notary is going to charge you for that.
Also, the seller MUST sign the title IN FRONT of a notary. If the seller signs before bringing the title to the notary, you've just cost yourself more money. There's another Act of Correction that the notary can charge you for.
In all honesty, if you need to transfer the title to your vehicle, your best bet is to get the seller and the buyer together, at the same time, and head to your friendly local notary public for the details! We deal with this all the time. And we would love to help you get it straight the first time, instead of having to charge you extra to fix a mistake.