Vehicle title available from city hall
My sister moved to the mainland a couple of years ago and is about to sell her car. But she can't find her motor vehicle title. Is there a way to get a duplicate? I tried going through the city Web site, but did not get the response I needed.
Answer: Applications for a duplicate title can be picked up at any satellite city hall.
Or call 532-4324 or 532-4325 and ask that the form be mailed to your sister.
A duplicate can be sent once the form is completed, signatures are verified and payment ($10) is made, said Dennis Kamimura, administrator of the Motor Vehicle & Licensing Division.
If someone other than the recorded owner submits the form, which still has to be filled out by the owner(s) of record, that person must obtain written authorization signed by the owner(s) to receive the duplicate title, he said.
If there is a lien holder on record, only the lien holder may apply for a duplicate. If there are joint owners, both owners must sign the application.
Kamimura said your sister can check to see if there is a lien holder on her title in the city's data base by going to http:www4.honolulu.gov mvrtitleinq.
If someone originally financed a vehicle but did not record a transfer after the loan was paid, the name of the lien holder would remain on the title and city records.
If that's the case, the lien holder should be contacted and asked to apply for a duplicate title, after which the title can be transferred and recorded.
I believe you were wrong in yesterday's column
about removing safety stickers: You cannot affix the sticker yourself, it has to be done by an inspector. Also the tic-tac-toe method of scoring the sticker is obsolete, because it would cut into rubber bumpers. -- No Name
You're correct. We mistakenly referred to safety stickers, instead of registration stickers, in the sub headline and response. Dennis Kamimura, administrator of the city Division of Motor Vehicle and Licensing, was referring in his comments to registration tags, which are affixed to license plates by owners.
Although a safety inspector is required to remove the old safety sticker before replacing it with a new one, some motorists will ask that the old sticker not be removed to prevent accidental razor damage to their rubber bumpers, Kamimura noted.
For several years, we have enjoyed decorating our yard and home for Halloween and seeing the joy in the faces of children from our neighborhood and beyond. An illuminated pumpkin 3 feet high and 3 1/2 feet around was a centerpiece. The decorations were lit each morning and each evening. At 4 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, my wife turned on the lights. At 9:30 a.m., she discovered, to her dismay and sorrow, that someone had stolen the pumpkin. We hope that individual had a truly ghostly Halloween. -- Disgruntled in Hawaii Kai
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