South Dakota Vehicle Donation Title Questions and Helpful Information
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Q:Where do I sign the Title?
A:On the back of the Title please sign in the section where it reads “Signature of Seller(s)” and under that where it reads “Printed Name of Seller(s).”
Q:I paid off my car but there is still a lienholder listed?
The lienholder should have provided a Lien Release or completed the Lien Release section on Title when it was paid off. If a Lien Release is required please contact your financial institution. We will request one if necessary directly from the bank or other financial institution on your behalf but may need a written authorization and copy of your driver’s license.
Q:What do I put down for the Buyer?
A:We prefer it be left blank along with the odometer reading as the processing partner will record the exact reading at time of processing and handle the buyer and dealer license information.
Information that is provided by the processing partner may be put in the buyer section.
Q:Can I still donate if I can’t find my Title?
A:We will still attempt to process your donation without the title, though the process may be a bit more complicated.
Application for Duplicate Title:
Q:I’m donating the vehicle on behalf of Deceased loved one, what do I need to provide?
A:If no Probate – Title transferred to successor’s name, Affidavit of Succession, and copy of Death Certificate
If Probate – A copy of the Probate Paperwork, the signed title by appointed person, and a copy of the Death Certificate is needed (PoA’s not accepted.)
If Joint Ownership (the title says “OR”) – the surviving owner can sign title, however the state prefers to have a copy of the Death Certificate as well
Q:How do I release the liability and what do I do with my plates?
A:In the state of South Dakota, there is no release of liability form. Due to this aspect, the donor should remove the vehicle license plates before the vehicle is picked up. The donor can contact the South Dakota Department of Revenue to determine what to do with the plates.
Q:Will you take a vehicle that has mechanical problems?
A:Vehicles are reviewed and sent to a processing partner, however if we are unable to find a buyer for the vehicle, we will have to unfortunately decline the donation.
*Boats, RV’s, ATV, Campers or industrial equipment are taken on a case by case basis*
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