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Need To Ship A Car? What Are The Documents Required For Submission?
Need To Ship A Car? What Are The Documents Required For Submission?

When you need to ship a car either interstate or internationally there is more to the process than just finding the best auto carrier and booking a date for transportation. Any legitimate carrier would require certain proof of documentation which is required to safeguard your vehicle as well as their company. This is a complete list of all the documents required for submission during interstate or international car transportation.

Auto Carriers.

For interstate shipments using an auto transport company, you must provide the company with documents that prove the car belongs to you. Within the United States, all car owners are required to provide auto carrier with

  • Original registration and title, if the car is leased or financed in other words if there is a lien on the vehicle then you will be required to provide proof in the form of a notarized letter from the bank acknowledging the shipment.
  • you must provide a copy of your car insurance, this will however not be accepted if the insurance is expired.
  • Photo identification will be required in the form of an unexpired driver's license or unexpired passport from your country of origin.
  • If for some reason you are acting on the behalf of someone else, that is to say, the car is not registered in your name then you must provide a notarized letter written by them stating their name and VIN number of the automobile.
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Overseas Shipping.

For overseas shipping of vehicles, some of the documentation required is the same as that of interstate shipments such as

  • The original registration and original title.
  • It is usually difficult to transport cars that are leased or financed overseas but not impossible. It will require the bank's notarized consent along with three copies of the 'Certificate of Title' which have been certified by the bank.
  • Like with interstate shipments you will need to submit the unexpired car insurance and unexpired driver's license or passport as proof of identity.
  • You will also need to submit the Bill of Sale or a copy which has been notarized.
  • Documents that prove that you had paid the state sales tax on the vehicle when you purchased it.
  • You will also need to pay the import duty or the tax that is levied on both the country the car is coming from and going to.
  • If the vehicle is being imported or exported by you on behalf of someone else then you are required to submit an original document stating Power of Attorney.

Summary.

These documents are vitally important when you need to ship a car both for your own protection and for that of the auto carrier. It proves that the car you are providing and they are transporting is not stolen. Without these documents being in order, it is not possible to ship a car in or out of the United States.


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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.


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