How to Get a Free Bill of Sale Form

January 27, 2012

When buying or selling a used car, a free bill of sale form is needed in order to officially transfer ownership of the car from one person to another. This form is typically available from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office in your state. A bill of sale is a document that outlines in writing the important details about the sale of the vehicle. The standard information required is the buyer and seller name, address, date of the transaction and signatures of both parties. However, the required vehicle information varies from state to state. Some state laws mandate that odometer reading and lienholder information, if any, in addition to basic vehicle information number (VIN), plate number, make, model and year of the car be provided on the form. While the bill of sale is a legal document, not all states require it to be notarized.

Free auto bill of sale forms can be obtained from various sources. The state DMV offices typically have free bill of sale forms available for pick up in person or downloaded from their website. Using the bill of sale provided by the DMV is the most prudent way to go, since it requests exactly the necessary information required by your state. You can also draft one up yourself or utilize a free car bill of sale found online. A quick web search will turn up a host of results from which you can select one that works for you. Free forms and templates for vehicle bill of sale range in detail from standard information to complex language and criteria. Knowing what's necessary in your state for proper recording of the vehicle transaction is an important thing to consider when choosing a free auto bill of sale form.