Bill of Sale Requirements in Alabama

The Basics

When you buy or sell a motor vehicle, you'll need a bill of sale. This serves as a legal receipt from the buyer to the seller documenting both the change in ownership and the purchase price. The state of Alabama has specific requirements about what a bill of sale must contain.

Invoices are not acceptable as a bill of sale. The bill of sale must be a separate document used to transfer the title of the vehicle.

The Particulars

The following information should generally appear on the bill of sale:

  • Name of purchaser.
  • Complete address of purchaser. Must be street address; a P.O. box is not acceptable.
  • Date of sale.
  • Complete vehicle description, including vehicle identification number (VIN), make, model, year, series number, and body type.
  • Name of seller; if dealer, then seller must be the licensed name.
  • Complete address of seller; P.O. box is not acceptable.
  • Vehicle odometer reading at time of sale.
  • Signature of seller or authorized representative.
  • Notary public seal identifying the seller and his signature.

You'll usually be provided an appropriate bill of sale if you buy from a dealer. Be sure that you get a bill of sale when you buy a car; you may need it before you can title and register the vehicle in your own name.

Generic Bill of Sale

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