5 trips to DMV, about the same number in phone calls with Toyota Financial services-getting the car awarded me in my divorce, registered and titled JUST in my name has been a long, long journey.
The hoops to jump through:
1-apply for a new social security card (even though I'll never collect it as teachers don't)-that cost me a personal day at work
2-once I received my new SS card, back to DMV to get my new licence, in my new name $$
3-paid off car loan so as to be able to release the title $$$$
4-have X sign title
5-take title and additional paperwork back to DMV and wait 1 hour 15 minutes to have this paperwork processed. Immediately got a new registration, will receive a new title in just my new name, at my new address, minus the lien I paid off, in about 6 weeks. Having studied up on this, I learned that as long as I brought my divorce decree showing that the car was awarded to me, I'd pay no taxes on this "sale." It was stupid, DX and I were legally selling my awarded car back to me. @@ It's the system, what can I say? Governor Malloy still got $55 off of me. Just so glad that this is DONE!
Because all of this happened after Oct 1, both my registration renewal as well as excise taxes will again be in both X and my name, at my old address, so I've noted on the calendar when to contact DMV and town hall about these obligations so as not to mess those up!