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About bills of sale

Before you purchase a vehicle, a trailer, a boat, a snowmobile or an ATV, make sure that you can receive acceptable proof of ownership. If you don't have acceptable proof of ownership, you can have difficulties when you register the vehicle, or get a title certificate or transferable registration in your name.

Proof of ownership normally includes a bill of sale (in addition to a 'Retail Certificate of Sale' (MV-50) if purchased from a dealer, or a 'Certificate of Title' (MV-999) for private sales). The DMV does not provide a form for a bill of sale. The seller and the buyer complete the bill of sale.

 

What information is included on a bill of sale?

An acceptable bill of sale includes all of this information

  • the year and make of the vehicle, boat or ATV
  • the vehicle identification number (VIN) or the hull identification number (HIN)
  • the date of the sale
  • the purchase price
  • the names and signatures of the buyer and the seller

The buyer and seller can make photocopies of the bill of sale to keep in their records. The new owner must give the original bill of sale to the DMV with the other required proofs of ownership. A bill of sale is not an acceptable proof of ownership without other proofs.

 

I received the vehicle as a gift.  Do I need a bill of sale?

Yes you do. If the vehicle is transferred as a gift, indicate this on the bill of sale and indicate that the purchase price is '$0.' You must also indicate the vehicle is a gift on a Statement of Transaction {Sales Tax Form} (DTF-802).

 

Where can I find more information?

Read the DMV brochures, Let the Buyer Be Aware, and Q&A About Your Title Certificate.