Mobile Homes, House Trailers, and Manufactured Homes

All mobile homes, manufactured homes, and house trailers are issued a certificate of title when ownership is established.

Prior to February 14, 2006, based on the size and build, some mobile homes, house trailers, and manufactured homes were issued more than one certificate of title.

As of February 14, 2006, due to change in legislation, the DMV began issuing only one certificate of title per mobile home, house trailer, or manufactured home; Regardless of its size and build.  For this reason, all multiple certificates of title or Manufacturer’s Certificates of Origin will be converted to one certificate of title when processed by the WV DMV.


New / Dealer Purchases

When a house trailer of manufactured home is purchased from a dealer, they will provide you with a Mobile Home Certificate of Ownership (MCO) signed over to the purchaser.  The purchaser must submit the MCO and completed Certificate of Title for a Motor Vehicle (DMV-1-TR). 

No taxes on the transaction are paid to DMV. The fees required are a $10.00 title fee and $5.00 per lien (if applicable).


Used / Private Party Purchases

For a private party purchase, the owner will sign the certificate of title on the back side as seller.  The buyer would complete the back of the certificate title and sign as the purchaser.  All out of state titles must be accompanied by a completed Certificate of Title for a Motor Vehicle (DMV-1-TR) in addition to the reassigned certificate of title.

No taxes on the transaction are paid to DMV.  The fees required are a $10.00 title fee and $5.00 per lien (if applicable).
 

Duplicate Titles (Lost Title Replacement)

To apply for a duplicate certificate of title the owner of record needs to complete the form Request for Duplicate Title (DMV-4-TR), with a lien release (if applicable), and include a copy of the owner’s driver’s license. 

The fee for a duplicate title is $10.00.

If a title was never issued or the owner never obtained a certificate of title, they will be required to obtain one.  They will need to provide the following documents in order to obtain one:

No person may transfer, purchase, or sell a mobile home, house trailer, or manufactured home without a certificate of title.


Transporting

To transport a mobile home, house trailer, or manufactured home on public roads within West Virginia you must obtain a permit from DMV.  A Transporters Application for House Trailer One Trip Permits (DMV-126-1) is to be completed in order to obtain a permit for the mobile home.  The permit must be affixed to the rear or right side window of the mobile home, house trailer, or manufactured home when it is being transported.  If the mobile home, house trailer, or manufactured homes are transported in pieces, each piece will need a separate permit.

There is a fee of $2.00 per permit.

To transport a mobile home from another state into West Virginia, the state it is travelling from will have to issue the trip permit.
 

Conversion to Real Property

A titled owner of a mobile home, house trailer, or manufactured home has the option to convert their home to real property and obtain a deed in place of a certificate of title if it has been permanently affixed to real property.

All mobile homes, house trailers, manufactured, or factory built homes are required to be titled before they can be converted to real property; regardless of whether the home has a permanent foundation, it must be titled before it can be deeded.

The owner must submit the certificate(s) of title, a $10.00 cancellation fee, and a completed Application for Cancellation of Title for a Mobile or Manufactured Home Affixed to Real Property (DMV-2-TR) to the DMV.  Any outstanding liens must to be listed on the DMV-2-TR. 

The transaction may be processed at any DMV regional office; however the title cancellation occurs when the paperwork is received and completed at DMV headquarters.  Once your request is completed by DMV, and your title is cancelled, you will receive a copy of the Application for Cancellation of Title for a Mobile or Manufactured Home Affixed to Real Property (DMV-2-TR) by mail.  DMV will notify the county clerk of the presiding county, where they will proceed to record the home as real property with a deed. 

PLEASE NOTE: Once a  certificate of title is cancelled on a mobile home, house trailer, or manufactured home, a new title cannot be resissued. When a manufactured home is deeded and affixed to "real property", it can no longer be considered as "personal property" and is no longer ellible for a certificate of title.


 

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