North Dakota Repossession Laws / Recovery Requirements

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Where do I refer to for Title or License Registration?

For state Title and License Information, refer to:


North Dakota Motor Vehicle Department

608 East Boulevard Avenue

Bismarck, North Dakota 58505


Telephone: (701) 328-2725


Fee for search of records is $3.00.

Security Interests:

Shown on title held by lienholder.


Recording Requirements:

Per the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) adopted in July, 1966: Filed in the office of the Registrar of Deeds in the county where property is situated. All liens must appear on title.

Recovery Requirements:

As per the UCC, repossession is allowed and permitted as long as it is peaceful.

Redemption Requirements:

Permitted within 5-15 days after recovery (Check Uniform Commercial Code for details).

Deficiency Requirements:

Retaking bars suit for price and vice-versa; under conditional sale contract, no provisions. Confession of judgment notes are invalid.

Special Motor Vehicle Provisions:

No provisions.

Documents Required to Transfer Ownership of Motor Vehicle:

Affidavit of repossession on approved form, certificate of title signed off and notarized Bill of Sale.


Documents Required for Liquidation:

Title, Repossession Affidavit.



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