What is personal identification on a bill of sale (BOS)?

Learn what counts as “personal identification” to make a bill of sale official.

A bill of sale requires that the buyer (and sometimes the seller) include their “personal identification.” This is more than just your name and address. Learn what the term means and how to fill out the personal identification section on a bill of sale.

Why do you need personal identification on a bill of sale?

A bill of sale is a legal document that outlines a transaction between buyer and seller. Usually, they’re reserved for large purchases to prevent miscommunication between the parties. They can also be used as a proof of purchase, so the buyer can transfer titles, update registration, or get insurance.

Since a bill of sale is a legal document, it’s important to be able to get in touch with both parties in case something goes wrong. That’s why official personal identification is required on most bills of sale.

What counts as personal identification?

On the bill of sale, you’ll find spaces for your name, address, contact information, and personal identification. The first three are self-explanatory, but what can be used as acceptable personal identification on a bill of sale?

The personal identification is an official government-issued ID. You can use any of the following in the personal ID space:

In most cases, the seller is the only one who needs to include their personal ID. Depending on which state you’re in, the bill of sale might ask for personal identification from both — but that’s usually optional.

With the personal information spaces completed, the bill of sale becomes official once both parties sign. To make the process easier, use online e-signature software like Acrobat Sign. Both parties can add their legal signatures remotely to save travel time or having to deal with scanners and printers.

Explore what more you can do with Acrobat Sign to create and sign bills of sale.