How to Sell a Car Without Registration: A Seller's Guidelines

January 27, 2012

If you want to sell a car without registration, you might have to add a few extra steps in order to be able to sell it legally. Registration is important because it is the only way that the DMV can keep track of information about your car. The registration alerts the DMV of who the owner is, their address, their plate number, the VIN and the title number.

Step 1 - Draft and Sign a Bill of Sale

The first thing you should do is to write up a bill of sale between the buyer and yourself. This needs to have both your name and the buyer's name along with your addresses, VIN number, the year of the car, the make and the model of the car. You will also need to make sure that you include the amount that you are selling the car for. You need to make a confirmation in the bill of sale stating that you are the actual owner and have the authority to sell the car to the buyer. You should sign the bill of sale in front of a notary who will stamp and sign it. 

Step 2 - Go to the DMV for Papers

Go to your local DMV and get paperwork and any other information that you might need on selling a car. You should have your car title with you. If you do not happen to have the title, you will need to file for a copy of one before you can actually sell your car. You will need to have a valid license, along with some sort of proof that you own the car. That would be the bill of sale you got when you purchased the car originally, providing the proof that you need to be able to sell the car without registration.  

Step 3 - Do a Title Transfer

Fill out all the appropriate forms that the DMV has given you and then you can sign the title so that it can be transferred over to the person who is buying it. Now you will need to take all of this paperwork along with the bill of sale and give it to the DMV. There may be fees for the transaction along with sales tax, which the buyer is responsible for. The buyer will also be responsible for paying for their own registration. If you have to wait for the title you will need to wait until you have it to be able to complete the sale of your car. 

If you are selling a car that you still are paying on, you will of course not have the title and you will need to call the bank to make arrangements with them to transfer the ownership of the car over to the new buyer.

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