During the course of the Coronavirus I’ve had several clients insist, when purchasing a vehicle, there was no way to get an appointment at a Secretary of State office to complete transferring the title for months.

Having just gone through the experience of transferring a title I can assure you it can be done without delay – you just need to be informed about how the process for scheduling an appointment works.

At the Secretary of State Make an Appointment website you have an option to “Book a Next Day Appointment” or “Book an Appointment in Advance”.

If you attempt to schedule a same day appointment at a random time during a weekday the site may indicate none are available, leading some people to mistakenly conclude the only option is to book an appointment months down the road.

The reality is next day appointments can be booked up to a day in advance.  So, if you visit the site on a Tuesday afternoon looking for a Wednesday appointment all available appointments may already be gone and, as a result, the site will show none available.

Knowing that you just have to be strategic in your timing of when you attempt to book an appointment.  In my case I purchased a vehicle after business hours on a Friday and went online early Sunday morning to look for a Monday morning appointment and was able to successfully schedule an appointment for 9am the following day.

Here are detailed scheduling tips directly from the Secretary of State website:

  • Next-day appointments generally are available from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. Morning next-day appointments become available for booking the previous weekday at 8 a.m. Afternoon next-day appointments become available for booking the previous weekday at noon. Monday appointments become available for booking Friday. 
    • For example: If you need an appointment for 9 a.m. Tuesday, you can start looking for that appointment at 8 a.m. Monday. If you need an appointment for 3 p.m. Wednesday, you can start looking for that appointment at noon Tuesday. 
  • If you can’t find an appointment that meets your time/date needs at a specific branch, try another branch in your area.

Since scheduling an appointment at the Secretary of State can be a challenge it’s important to bring the correct paperwork with you.  When transferring a title be sure to have a properly completed title and a certificate of insurance for the vehicle you are purchasing.  You should also review the certificate of insurance to make certain the vehicle identification number (VIN) matches exactly the VIN on the title.