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WEST VIRGINIA CODE
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WVC 17 A- 4 - 6 §17A-4-6. When department to register vehicle and issue new certificate; file of surrendered certificates.
The department upon receipt of a properly endorsed certificate of title and proper application for registration accompanied by the required fee and when satisfied as to the genuineness and regularity of said transfer and of the right of the transferee to a certificate of title shall reregister the vehicle as upon a new registration in the name of the new owner and issue a new certificate of title as upon an original application.

The department shall retain and appropriately file every surrendered certificate of title, such file to be so maintained as to permit the tracing of title of the vehicles designated therein.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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