Monday, January 16 2012 @ 06:06 AM EST
Contributed by: Kevin Bradley
The auto title change process in Pma is a 3-step process:
Step 1 is a trip (buyer and seller go) to one of the Municipio offices (it's not DMV). The Municipio office in Balboa (old CZ) next to the Niko's Cafeteria is usually convenient and opens early (7 a.m. I think)
Take identity documents (passport if foreigner, or cedula if Panamanian) and (to be safe) 3 copies of each.
Also have the original title doc (Registro Unico de Propiedad Vehicular) and a few copies. Buyer and seller will need to sign the back of old title doc.
Best bring the whole car file of docs. Another document to find is the current vehicle inspection doc (the Revisado) and copies.
There's a copy shop right next to the Balboa Municipio that opens at 8 a.m.
At the Municipio office, take a ticket and wait for your number to be called for their required checks & processing.
Yes, if you care to, you can ask the Municipio guard if he knows a runner to do the whole processing for you ($).
On the documents produced at the Municipio, make sure the buyer's name & ID document number are exactly correct.
The seller's not really needed for step 2 & 3 but the buyer needs to how to get a hold of the seller if there's issues (like unpaid traffic tickets).