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The certificate of title normally specifies:
- Identifying information about the vehicle, normally at minimum its vehicle identification number, make, and year of manufacture.
- Technical information about the vehicle to define its taxation regime, such as its gross vehicle weight and motive power.
- The name and address of the purchaser or "registered owner" who would normally possess and use it.
- If money is owed on the vehicle, the name of the lien holder or "legal owner" to whom this money is owed.
When a vehicle is financed, the certificate of title is normally held by the lender, who must release it to the purchaser once the balance is paid off. When a car is sold from one owner to another, the title must be transferred to the new owner. This is achieved by requesting approval by the Texas DMV.