Title brands indicate whether a used vehicle has sustained damage or might be potentially unsafe to drive. If a vehicle's title has been "branded," it is an official designation made by a state agency and should appear on the vehicle's title paperwork.
A Vermont title may have no more than 9 total brands. All brands existing on any non-Vermont title will be carried forward, using brand(s) from the list below.
Vermont titles all vehicles fifteen (15) years old or newer (based on calendar year). For example: From January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 Vermont will title vehicles model year 2004 or newer. Motorcycles 15 years old and newer and 300cc's or more also require a title. Trailers 15 years old and newer with an empty weight of 1501 lbs and more are titled. Motorboats will require a title if they are 15 years old and newer and at least 16' in length. ATV's and Snowmobiles will be titled if they are 2004 and newer.
A lien is usually placed on a vehicle when you first purchase it unless you pay the full cost with your own funds. A lien may also be placed on a vehicle if you refinance it. Your lien will be recorded on your title.
Once you title your vehicle in Vermont, DMV forwards your title with the lien recorded to your lender (lien holder). You will receive the registration card and license plates if you have also registered the vehicle.
Any person/company who repairs a motor vehicle at the request of the owner holds a lien for their reasonable charges and may retain possession of the vehicle until charges are paid. This is known as an artisan’s lien.
In order for the repair person/company to apply for an artisan’s lien they must maintain possession of the vehicle. If the vehicle is no longer in their possession, they do not qualify for an artisan’s lien.
A Vermont resident may apply at any time to the Commissioner to obtain an “exempt vehicle title” for a vehicle that is more than 25 years old.
DMV will issue an exempt vehicle title if the following criteria are met: