How to handwrite a bill of sale.
Learn about the elements you should include in a handwritten bill of sale, and how you can digitize it later to create a document for filing and safekeeping.
What is a bill of sale?
A bill of sale is a legal document that transfers ownership of goods from one person to another. It is most often used for items of significant value, such as vehicles, watercraft, aircraft, and farm animals.
For example, if you are selling your car online and you find a buyer, you can use a bill of sale to transfer ownership of your car to the buyer.
Can a bill of sale be handwritten?
While it is common to present a bill of sale in a digital format, you can also create this type of contractual agreement as a handwritten document on paper. What’s most important is to include all of the pertinent details in the bill of sale in order to protect both parties.
What should you include in a bill of sale?
When handwriting your bill of sale, use this checklist as a basic guide:
- Contact information for the seller, including name, address, and phone number
- Contact information for the buyer, including name, address, and phone number
- A detailed description of the item being sold, such as the serial number, make, model, color, description, features, faults, and any other important identifying information
- The agreed-on price and payment details
- Method of payment
- Date of transaction
- Signatures from both parties
- Notary stamp or witness signature (if required — check your state regulations)
After the bill of sale is complete, a paper copy should be provided to both the seller and the buyer for their records.
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