Titling A Mobile Home Purchased Through A
Municipal Real Estate Tax Sale in Pennsylvania
The purpose of this fact sheet is to set forth the documents required for titling a mobile home that was
purchased through a municipal real estate tax sale. A mobile home is a vehicle that must be titled in the
name of the purchaser, except if the title was previously cancelled.
The documents that must be submitted to the Department when applying for a certificate of title for a mobile
home purchased through a municipal real estate tax sale vary depending on the type of sale. There are
four (4) types of sales:
Sales from Repository List
Upset Sales. Documents required when applying for a certificate of title for a mobile home
purchased in an upset sale are as follows:
A completed Form MV-1, "Application for Certificate of Title"
A bill of sale from the tax claim bureau, including a description of the vehicle, including, but
not limited to, the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), make, model, year, title number (if
known), and the name of the last owner
Petition for confirmation of upset tax sale; the petition must include the court docket number,
and an attached listing that includes the Vehicle Identification Number, title number (if
known), tax parcel number, and last owner information
If the list of property sold is multiple pages, only the applicable page need be
attached with the petition or order.
Decree of absolute confirmation; decree must include the court docket number, tax parcel
number, final decree date, date of sale and the signature of the prothonotary
If there is an unexpired lien on the Department records, then a completed Form MV-38L, that
shows the lien is now satisfied or a notarized letter on lienholder letterhead that states the
lien is now satisfied, must be attached.
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Bureau of Motor Vehicles - Research and Support Operations Section
P.O. Box 68031 Harrisbu