Minnesota Mobile Home Certificate of Title
Minnesota Mobile Home Certificate of Title
Except for Minnesota Manufactured Homes which:
- have been affixed to real property, and
- are not subject to an unreleased security interest,
every Minnesota Manufactured Home must have a Certificate of Title issued by the Department of Public Safety – Driver and Vehicles Services Division.
The Certificate of Title for a Minnesota Manufactured Home will look very much like a Certificate of Title for a motor vehicle – with the addition of the following endorsement:
this title describes a manufactured home not a motor vehicle.
Minnesota Mobile Home Certificate of Title – Contents
Each Certificate of Title issued by the Department of Public Safety – Driver and Vehicles Services Division, will identify:
(1) the date it was issued;
(2) the first, middle, and last names, and the dates of birth, of all owners who are natural persons;
(3) the full names of all other owners who are not natural persons, together with their addresses;
(4) the residence address of the first listed owner – if that owner is a natural person;
(5) the names of any secured parties, and the address of the first secured party, listed in the order of priority as shown on the application, or if the application is based on a Certificate of Title, as shown on the certificate, or as otherwise determined by the Department of Public Safety – Driver and Vehicles Services Division;
(6) any liens filed pursuant to a court order, or by a public agency responsible for child support enforcement against the owner;
(7) the title number assigned to the vehicle;
(8) a description of the home including, if available, its:
- identifying number,
- type of body,
- whether new or used, and
- if a new Manufactured Home, the date of the first sale of the Home for use;
(9) any other data the Department of Public Safety – Driver and Vehicles Services Division may prescribe.
Minnesota Mobile Home Certificate of Title – Required Sections
The Certificate of Title will have different sections to be completed for purposes of:
(1) transferring title by the owner;
(2) transferring title by a dealer;
(3) making application for a new Certificate of Title by a transferee; and
(4) naming a secured party;
Minnesota Mobile Home Certificate of Title – Notice of Sale Section
The Certificate of Title will also include a separate detachable form – a small section of the title certificate – entitled “Notice of Sale” (“Seller’s Notice of Sale”), which will contain the following information:
- the vehicle’s title number, and
- vehicle identification number.
The Seller’s Notice of Sale section provides lines for the seller to record:
- the purchaser’s name, address, and driver’s license number, if any, and
- the date of sale.
The Seller’s Notice of Sale section also contains a directive regarding the owner’s responsibility to either:
- complete and return the Notice of Sale form, or
- transmit the required information electronically in a form acceptable to the Commissioner – such as over the Internet.
Minnesota Mobile Home Certificate of Title – Transfers of Title
Upon transfer of title to a Minnesota Manufactured Home – other than by the creation of a security interest – the owner of the Home shall, at the time of the delivery of the Home:
- execute the appropriate section of the title certificate assigning title to the Home to the buyer, and identify therein the actual selling price; and
- deliver the title certificate – properly endorsed for transfer – to the buyer.
However, the Certificate of Title contains a warning notice to the seller regarding the transfer of title process, which provides as follows:
For your protection
Upon the sale of a vehicle to a private party, we recommend that the seller and buyer take the completed transfer to a deputy registrar.
While a Minnesota Manufactured Home is not a vehicle, it may be best if both the buyer and the seller jointly attend to the transfer of title at the office of the Department of Public Safety – Driver and Vehicles Services Division.
Minnesota Mobile Home Certificate of Title – Delivery
The Department of Public Safety – Driver and Vehicles Services Division, must:
- deliver the new Certificate of Title to the owner identified in the Certificate, and
- notify any secured parties identified on the Certificate of Title that their security interests have been filed.
Seller’s Notice of Sale to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Within 10 days of the sale of the Home to a private party, the owner shall either:
(1) complete, detach, and return to the Department of Public Safety – Driver and Vehicles Services Division, the Notice of Sale section of the Certificate of Title, including:
- the transferee’s name, address, and driver’s license number, if any, and
- the date of sale;
(2) or submit such information electronically to the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety – Driver and Vehicles Services Division over the Internet.
Minnesota Mobile Home Certificate of Title – Buyer’s Application
Within 10 days after receiving an assignment of the title, the buyer shall:
- execute the “Application for Title by Buyer [Transferee]” section of the Certificate of Title, in the space provided thereon, and
- cause the Certificate of Title to be mailed or delivered to the Department of Public Safety – Driver and Vehicles Services Division.
Any failure of the buyer to promptly register the title to a home shall result in a suspension of the Manufactured Home’s registration.
Minnesota Mobile Home Certificate of Title – Notification of Security Interest
If a security interest is either:
- reserved by a seller who had provided financing for a purchase transaction, or
- granted to a third party lender – whether or not related to a purchase transaction,
the Department of Public Safety – Driver and Vehicles Services Division, shall arrange for a notification of the filing of the security interest to be either delivered, or mailed, to the secured party.
Minnesota Mobile Home Certificate of Title – Finality of the Transfer
As between the parties to a transaction – other than a purchase from a dealer – a transfer by an owner to a purchaser is not effective until all of the statutory requirements have been satisfied.
Nevertheless, an owner who:
- has delivered possession of the Manufactured Home to the transferee, and
- has complied with, or within 48 hours after such delivery does comply with, the obligations of an owner as identified in the Minnesota statutes,
is not liable as an owner for any damages resulting from operation of the Manufactured Home
after the delivery thereof to the transferee.
Conclusion – Minnesota Mobile Home Certificate of Title
Please contact Minnesota Attorney Gary C. Dahle for assistance with:
- Minnesota in park sale – in certain Minnesota counties,
- the preparation of any Minnesota Manufactured Home resale purchase agreement or lease,
- issues relating to seller financing of a Home resale, or
- other title or security interest concerns.
Legal fees will be applicable – and advance payment may be required.
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Gary C. Dahle – Attorney at Law
2704 County Road 10, Mounds View, MN 55112
Phone: 763-780-8390 Fax: 763-780-1735
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