I've gone through the "Improper Evidence of Ownership" procedure in NJ.
To start you have to send a form to NJ (with a check), for a title search, after which they send you the results.
They require that you send a form to the 6 states around NJ, (Conn.too!)
and request a title search, the states then send you back the results. Every state has a fee involved.
1), 3 sworn notarized affidavits that say they have seen the car in your possession.
2)' A letter from the local Chief of Police saying they have no record of the car.
3), Many forms that are on the NJDMV website, to be notarized.
4), An ad in the county newspaper asking if anyone has knowledge of the car to reply to the paper, which is to run for 2 consecutive weeks, after which the paper sends you an official sealed document that no one has replied to the ad.
5), 4 photos of the car, from all sides.
6), A photo and tracing of the VIN number.
7), A form saying that you are not a dealer, to include the milage of the car.
8), A notarized bill of sale, with the VIN number and year.
9), If ANY state has a record of ownership you must send a Certified letter to them stating that you now are in possession of the car. If the letter is returned unsigned for, you then must send another letter by regular mail and wait for it to return also, then send the unopened letters to the NJDMV,
with the rest of the (now thick file), they do not accept Fedex or UPS, only USPS mailing, and no, none of that email stuff for them!
I received the search from PA saying that there was an owner in 1965, I searched online for his name and actually was able to contact him and his wife in FL. now, both are in their 90's, and said that they did not remember but think that their son had a white Alfa, and they gave me his phone number. He is a helicopter pilot for the Forestry Service who drops water and supplies to forest fires in CA. he was out of cell phone range when I placed the call.....
SO....after all this is put together there is one more form that is not on the DMV website that you must include, it comes by a request.
THEN....send it all to NJDMV with a check (this adds up to around $400 all told) and wait for your brand new title.
Well.....I got the title, one small error though, the VIN was incorrect. Had to send it back with another form to request an altered title, which took another 2 weeks.
Then you have to go to your local DMV office and stand in line (with the 4 mug shots of the car),to register the car, I had to have another form for antique plates, this was actually fun, the clerks were of Italian descent, (hint; if you have a choice, go to the window with a clerks name that ends in o or i). and fell in love with the photos of the Giulietta.
The process took close to 6 months to complete, the best advise is to remember to be nice as you can be to whoever you are speaking with, after all, this is the DMV and for some reason they don't seem to make too many friends. The clerk in the 'Special Title Unit' who I now know on a first name basis and her family history too, said that I was the only applicant whose application was 100% complete. I'm thinking of going on tour and charging for all this knowledge, with a course to go with it.
My advise to you is to send for a title search to the last state the car was in, then take that to your DMV, if you Google, antique car titles, or look in Hemmings, you'll find a lot of companies that specialize in just what you are trying to do.
Last edited by skyarchi; 04-20-2017 at 06:32 AM.