Chapter 17, Section D:
Deactivation of Title for a Manufactured Home
Revised January 15, 2009
Basic Requirements for Deactivating a Manufactured Home Title
TRD regulation 184.108.40.206 provides that:
Title issued pursuant to the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Code to a manufactured home shall be deactivated by the department when: A. the person in whose name the manufactured home is titled requests in writing that the department deactivate the title; B. the title is free and clear of all recorded liens and encumbrances; and C. the valuation authority certifies to the department that, once title is deactivated, the housing structure will be taxed as real property.
To meet these requirements, MVD will deactivate the title to a New Mexico titled manufactured home once the following requirements have been met.
In some circumstances, county assessors have changed a manufactured home's valuation status to real property even though the title has not been deactivated. The result is a manufactured home that is both real property in the county's records and a vehicle (personal property) with an active title on MVD's title records. Effective January 2009, MVD's Vehicle Services Unit will deactivate the title, and issue a new inactive title, if certain conditions are met, as described below ("Deactivation when a Manufactured Home has been Assessed as Real Property").
These procedures for deactivating a manufactured home title can generally be completed at any state, municipality, or fee agent motor vehicle office. However, in the special circumstance that a manufactured home has been assessed as real property without prior deactivation of title, the title can only be deactivated by the Vehicle Services Unit in Santa Fe, as described below ("Deactivation when a Manufactured Home has been Assessed as Real Property").
Note: If the MSO, MCO, or title is not available, or transaction is not a duplicate title with a record in the system, an exception process will be required. Customer must contact vehicle services for assistance at (888) 683-4636.
Deactivation when a Manufactured Home has been Assessed as Real Property
In some circumstances a manufactured home, titled as a vehicle (personal property) by the MVD, has been placed on a permanent foundation and assessed as real property without the required deactivation of the vehicle title. There may or may not be a recorded lien on the title. There may have been one or more transfers of ownership of the home as real property.
If the current owner wishes to sell or mortgage the home (as real property) a lender, title insurance company, or other party to the transaction may require a hard-copy deactivated title in the name of the current owner before it will proceed.
Prior to January 2009, MVD policy has been that, though we can mark a title as inactive on our electronic records, we cannot change the owner’s name or print a new, inactive title for a manufactured home that is currently assessed as real property.
Effective January 15, 2009, the Vehicle Services Unit in Santa Fe will now issue a new inactive title to a manufactured home owner, even though the home is currently assessed as real property, as long as there is complete documentation of ownership (or a surety bond); and there are no recorded liens on the manufactured home as a vehicle (personal property).
In this situation, issuance of a new inactive title in the name of the current owner can only be processed by the Vehicle Services Unit at MVD’s central office in Santa Fe. The steps that must be followed are:
Note: The title can only be issued if it is deactivated in the same transaction and issued as an inactive title; and there can be no liens on the inactive title.