Bill of Sale in Florida
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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. Florida 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 following information must 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.
- Lienholder created at time of resale.
- Date of lien, if applicable.
- Name of seller; if dealer, then seller must be the licensed name.
- Complete address of seller; P.O. box is not acceptable.
- If seller is a dealer, then dealer's state and county business license number must be on the document.
- If seller is a dealer, the following statement must be stamped or imprinted on the document: "Penalty of $1.50 due if not transferred within 10 days."
- 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'll need it before you can title and register the vehicle in your own name.
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