OFM maintains an electronic title for each Motor Vehicle registered under the diplomatic registration program. A paper title is issued only when a Motor Vehicle is being removed from the program. However, the owner of a Motor Vehicle must request a title if:

1. The owner intends to sell, junk, salvage or export official and personal Motor Vehicles

2. The owner of the Motor Vehicle has ended his employment with the Foreign Mission

3. The owner has become a legal permanent resident or a U.S. citizen

Payment of Disposition Fees or Surcharges, if any, at Disposition

The Department has developed separate motor vehicle reciprocity polices for each foreign mission in the U.S. to reflect the treatment of the US Mission's vehicle issues by that sending state. Members of the foreign mission community should be aware of the motor vehicle reciprocity policy for its mission before selling and/or transferring vehicles to other buyers or entities. OFM will collect reciprocal disposition fees and surcharges, if any, from a member of the Foreign Mission Community (or the Mission) before the issuance of the vehicle title. The fees or surcharges will be imposed using the similar criteria utilized by the sending State when imposing such assessments/taxes on the U.S. mission or its members. Such fees and surcharged do not affect all Foreign Missions

Application for Title

General Instructions

1. Log onto eGov and fill out an Application for Title (Form DS-102)

2. In the field entitled "TITLE TO" indicate the type of title being requested. (See Specific Instructions below for explanation of various types)

Note: If the Motor Vehicle has a lien recorded against it, OFM will require a copy of the Release of Lien or the original record of legal ownership before a title is issued (unless the buyer is an automobile dealership).

In most cases, a title showing the name of the buyer is issued. The title will be released in exchange for the license plates issued by OFM. Failure to return the license plates after a Motor Vehicle is removed from the diplomatic registration program is a violation of the Department of State's regulations and may result in administrative sanctions being imposed against the violator or the violator's Foreign Mission.

Specific Instructions

Transferring ownership within the Foreign Mission Community:

Under "TITLE TO" select "TRANSFER TO ANOTHER DIPLOMAT/EMPLOYEE." Provide the name and mailing address of the buyer in the field "BUYER NAME." Lastly, indicate that the buyer "IS A FOREIGN NATIONAL ACTING AS AN OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF…."

Note: the seller's "Application for Title" (Form DS-102) and the buyer's "Application for Registration" (Form DS-100 or DS-101) must be submitted simultaneously. The buyer has the responsibility to ensure that all application forms and the seller's license plates are submitted to OFM. The buyer's new license plates, registration decal, and new registration card will be released only after OFM receives the seller's license plates.

Owner has been posted to another duty station within the U.S.

A mission member who has been posted to another duty station within the same Foreign Mission should retain his/her Department of State license plates until receiving notice of recognition in the new position. At that time, the mission member should submit a Request for Replacement License Plates (DS-104), and proof of insurance at the new location, to receive new license plates. The old license plates will be exchanged for the new license plates and registration decal.

Transfer to other than a Member of the Foreign Mission Community

Transferring ownership outside of Foreign Mission Community (including, but not limited to, a sale to an ineligible individual, a donation to a charity, a gift to an ineligible family member, or a trade-in to dealership): In the field "TITLE TO" select "SELL." Provide the name and mailing address of the buyer in the field "BUYER NAME." Lastly, indicate that the buyer "IS NOT A FOREIGN NATIONAL ACTING AS AN OFFICIAL REPRESENATIVE."

Self Terminating Title

A "Self Terminating Title" is issued to enable a member of the Foreign Mission Community, other than a Foreign Mission, to register a Motor Vehicle with a local jurisdiction if the following conditions are met.

1. The member of the Foreign Mission Community is terminating employment at the Foreign Mission and remaining in the United State: Under "TITLE TO" select "SELF TERMINATING." Leave the field "BUYER NAME" blank. Submit DS-2008 (Notice of Termination of Diplomatic, Consular, or Foreign Government Employment)* and a copy of the Certification of Naturalization, Alien Registration Receipt Card, "green card," or other proof of legal presence in the United States (e.g., if remaining in the U.S. as a non-immigrant). If temporary license plates are being requested prior to registering the Motor Vehicle in a local jurisdiction, submit proof of insurance.

2. A member of the Foreign Mission Community who has become a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, and will remain employed at the Foreign Mission: Under "TITLE TO" select "SELF TERMINATING." Leave the field "BUYER NAME" blank. Submit DS-2006(Notification of Change Identification Card Request)* and a copy of the Certification of Naturalization or Alien Registration Receipt Card, "green card". If temporary license plates are being requested prior to registering the Motor Vehicle in a local jurisdiction, submit proof of current insurance.

Salvage

An insurance company has declared a Motor Vehicle "totaled" to "too expensive to repair". A "salvage" title should be requested. Print the word "SALVAGE" on the top and bottom of the application. Under "TITLE TO," select "SELL." Provide the name and mailing address of the insurance company or its designated agent in the field "BUYER NAME." Indicate that the buyer "IS NOT A FOREIGN NATIONAL ACTING AS AN OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE." Lastly, submit a brief explanation of what happened to the Motor Vehicle.

Junk

The owner has decided to sell a Motor Vehicle for use as parts or scrap: A "junk" title should be requested. Print the word "JUNK" on the top and bottom of the application. Under "TITLE TO," select "SELL." Provide the name and mailing address of the junkyard or scrap facility in the field "BUYER NAME." Indicate that the buyer "IS NOT A FOREIGN NATIONAL ACTING AS AN OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE." Lastly, submit a brief explanation of what happened to the Motor Vehicle.

Lease

Follow the following procedures to return a Motor Vehicle to a leasing company: Under "TITLE TO," select "SELL." Provide the name and mailing address of the leasing company or its designated representative in the field "BUYER NAME." Lastly, indicate that the buyer "IS NOT A FOREIGN MANTIONAL ACTING AS AN OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE."

Exporting the Motor Vehicle

A member of the Foreign Mission Community wanting to export a motor Vehicle: Under "TITLE TO," select "EXPORT." Leave the Field "BUYER NAME" blank. If temporary license plates, valid for 30 days, are being requested prior to exporting the Motor Vehicle, submit proof of insurance.

Late Application for Title

Owners of Motor Vehicles will be allowed a 30-day grace period after termination of duties to complete the application for title process. OFM will charge a $35 service fee for processing applications for title received after the 30-day grace period.

Reissuing a Title

OFM will also charge a service fee in the amount of $35 for reissuing a Department of State title for a Motor Vehicle, for example where a duplicate title is required due to misplacement or damage of the original title.

[This is a mobile copy of How to Apply for Title]