State: Virginia, US
A friend of mine is in a bind. 7 years ago, he bought a car with his then girlfriend of two years. The loan was under HIS name, however for some stupid reason they put the car registration under HER name.
The loan has been paid off by my friend, his vehicle registration/emissions for this car (located in Virginia) are dead and his ex-girlfriend is no where to be found. He has contacted her mother, he has even talked to her son, and it's quite clear that she has NO intention of ever signing off the paperwork so my friend can take over the car.
He has been taking care of it over the last years, and it now has dead tags and needs an emissions test. Before this can be done, he needs to have the vehicle registration in his now wife's name. He was able to renew them before because he had is licsense, no longer has that and wants to put it under his wife's name so she can use the car instead.
I have scouged through the internet and cannot find one damn thing to do. I have called the DMV to for help, and of course they don't give a crap and keep saying get a lawyer but the lawyers say you need to call the local police and the police point you right back to the DMV. So this is all messed up.
Is there any real advice someone can give me? I mean does the car has to be marked as adandoned and then he has to claim it through the city while paying the registration fee's ALL over again? Or is there a way as the owner of the loan to kick her off the title and allow his now wife to take over the title of the car?
Thanks for any help!