A vehicle power of attorney form is used to enable another person to act on your behalf during transactions associated with motor vehicles.
With vehicle power of attorney, the PRINCIPAL – person drafting the vehicle power of attorney form – gives their ATTORNEY-IN-FACT – person receiving vehicle power of attorney – the power to act as their chosen agent to make decisions on the principal’s behalf for all motor vehicle related transactions authorized by the principal.
Create a Vehicle Power of Attorney
With a vehicle power of attorney, you authorize your trusted agent with the ability to take care of all or some of your affairs that have to with your motor vehicles in case you are not able to take care of these affairs yourself.
A vehicle power of attorney form can be written as limited to a specific responsibility – such as a vehicle title transfer. Or, your vehicle POA form can be general, authorizing full power to make all decisions necessary with respect to the principal’s vehicle.
Some of the most common uses for a vehicle power of attorney form include giving your agent authority to:
- Apply for a duplicate certificate of title.
- Buy or sell a motor vehicle on your behalf.
- Register a motor vehicle on your behalf.
- Receive a disability parking privileges placard.
- Record or release a lien.
When to Use a Vehicle Power of Attorney
Vehicle power of attorney is a type of non-secure power of attorney. A vehicle POA form is used when your agent is completing the odometer disclosure statement as the buyer of the vehicle only or the seller of the vehicle only.
If the agent is signing the POA as both buyer and seller to confirm the odometer mileage reading in adherence to the Federal Truth in Mileage Act – then you would need a Secure Power of Attorney form – a totally different subject in itself.
How to Fill Out a Vehicle Power of Attorney Form
To fill out your vehicle power of attorney form, start by entering the full name and address of the PRINCIPAL, this is the person giving vehicle power of attorney. Then, enter the full name and address of the ATTORNEY-IN-FACT, or person receiving vehicle power of attorney.
In the following space, depending on the different type of vehicle POA form you are using, there is a place to enter the list of powers that the principal is granting. The powers can be as limited as applying for a duplicate title or as general as all powers necessary. Also, on most vehicle POA’s there are check boxes to help with making your selections.
Next, the vehicle power of attorney form should be dated, the state and county information input. The PRINCIPAL will then sign and date the vehicle power of attorney form in the presence of a notary public.
Finally, the notary will sign and seal the form to execute your vehicle power of attorney. Once signed and sealed by the notary, your vehicle POA is in effect. Make sure to keep your original document in a safe place where it can be found and make a copy for your agent.
Sample Vehicle Power of Attorney Forms
Our sample diy vehicle power of attorney forms have everything you need to draft your own POA form. You can cut and paste our vehicle POA forms to a word document or PDF to fit your needs. Below is a sample general vehicle power of attorney form and a sample limited vehicle power of attorney form.
Know All Men By These Presents, that I, __________________________the undersigned, do hereby make, constitute and appoint:
My true and lawful attorney-in-fact for the following described motor vehicle, to-wit:
Make ________________ Year ________________ VIN ______________________________________
and I hereby grant to my said Attorney-in-Fact full authority to do and perform all and every act and thing whatsoever requisite, necessary and proper to be done in and about the premises as fully and to all intents and purposes as I might or could do with full power of revocation, hereby ratifying and confirming all that my named Attorney shall lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof, and specifically I grant to my said Attorney-in-Fact full authority to make and execute:
Signature & Social Security number of person giving Vehicle Power of Attorney
STATE OF _______________________, COUNTY OF ____________________________, SS:__________________
Before me, a Notary Public in and for said State, personally appeared ________________________ , the Grantor of this Power of Attorney, and acknowledged that he/she did sign the within instrument and that the signing of same is of his/her own free act and deed.
In testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my notarial seal on this _____________ day of ________ , _____ .
in and for ______________________ County, _____________________________, My Commission Expires __________
To the ____________________ DMV and to whom it may concern:
I, ______________________________________________ the undersigned of________________________________________________ (address), City of_______________________, County of______________________, State of__________________, appoint ___________________________________, of_____________________________(address), City of _____________________,County of ____________________, State of ____________________, as my attorney in fact to sign all papers and documents that may be necessary in order to transfer ownership on the following described vehicle: _______________, _______________,Make of Vehicle Model Year___________________________________ (Vehicle Identification Number).
I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the State of _______________and all public officials from the __________________ DMV from any and all liability that may accrue from issuance of a title for the so described vehicle.
Signature of Owner
Signature of Co-Owner
State of _______________________
Be it remembered that on this _________ day of ____________________, A.D. _____, the Subscriber personally came before me.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Vehicle Power of Attorney?
No, you don’t need to hire a lawyer to draft your vehicle power of attorney form. You can create a vehicle power of attorney form on your own. Just download and print a vehicle POA form online and complete the document yourself.
However, if you have specific issues that you are unsure of, a generic vehicle power of attorney form from the Internet may not be good enough. We highly suggest you consult a licensed attorney if you have any questions about vehicle power of attorney.