Paperwork When Buying a Car in Florida
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You should never buy or sell a vehicle that doesn't have a title. The HSMV must have a title in order to verify and identify the vehicle to transfer ownership. If a vehicle is missing its title, the seller should apply for a duplicate title before initiating a sale. The seller can then sign over this title to the buyer.
It is legal to buy or sell a vehicle without a registration. However, the seller must sign over the title to the buyer, and the buyer must take the appropriate steps to transfer the title into his or her name (see Registration & Titling).
Again, exercise caution when purchasing a used vehicle from a dealer or an individual. Look over the HSMV's useful packet of information if you're planning to purchase a used vehicle.
It's always smart to keep a Bill of Sale for your own records. This form serves as your proof of purchase and helps, if applicable, determine your vehicle's sales tax. If you have difficulty locating Florida's Bill of Sale, you can easily download a generic form from our Bill of Sale page.
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