How to get a car title with a bill of sale.

Follow these tips to make this dizzying process a bit simpler.

If you have a bill of sale for your car, you can get a title for it. It just requires a bit of research and a few extra steps. Follow these tips — and be sure to check with your state's DMV — to ensure you’re meeting the right requirements.

Learn More: Bill of Sale Requirements by State

Tips to get a car title with your bill of sale.

  1. Go to your DMV with your bill of sale and any other required identification documentation. The DMV will send you information about the amount of the vehicle surety bond you’ll need to buy from an approved insurance provider.
  2. Buy a surety bond, which ensures your vehicle is clear of any problems, allowing you to be listed as the new owner. Every state differs in the amount required for the surety bond.
  3. Secure a bonded title. Once you purchase your surety bond, you have a limited window of time to apply for a bonded title, which lists you as the vehicle owner. The secretary of state provides this document after reviewing your surety bond and comparing it with the letter the CMV sent you.
  4. Register your vehicle. When the state sends you your bonded title, you can register your vehicle and buy insurance.

At the end of the day, save yourself a headache by securing a car title with the bill of sale when you purchase a car.

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