Do I need a bill of sale in my state?
A quick guide to obtaining a bill of sale in your state.
A bill of sale proves a legal transfer of ownership between a seller and a buyer. It essentially certifies a transaction, freeing the seller from liability and giving the buyer proof of ownership to obtain a title. The seller is responsible for creating the document.
The process might sound like a headache, and requirements vary by state. So you might be wondering if you even need a bill of sale in your state. Learn more about bill of sale requirements in your state.
Bill of sale rules by state.
The following states require a bill of sale in order to certify ownership:
- New York
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
- Washington, D.C.
Bill of sale best practices.
Even if your state doesn’t require a bill of sale, you should still have one for your own records. If you're the buyer, it helps track sale information, including the date of the sale, the price, and any features of the vehicle when you purchased it, such as the odometer reading. If you’re the seller, it certifies your transfer and relieves you of liability.
The good news is, this doesn’t have to be a hurdle. You can put together a quick sales agreement. Explore what more can do with Acrobat Pro DC with e-sign to make your transactions simple and seamless.