Bill of Sale Requirements in Illinois
If the original Certificate of Title exists, it is used instead of a bill of sale in Illinois when a vehicle is bought or sold. The owner of the vehicle (the seller) signs off on the back of the old title, and this serves as proof of the sale. The filled-out title should include full names and addresses, as well as all pertinent vehicle identification information.
If a bill of sale is requested, there is no official form for this in Illinois. You may create your own. In general, a bill of sale should include the following:
- Name, current address, and phone number of the owner (seller).
- Name, current address, and phone number of any co-owner.
- Name, current address, and phone number of the buyer.
- Statement that the vehicle is being sold, signed by all owners.
- Sale price of the vehicle.
- Detailed physical description of the car, including the vehicle identification number (VIN), odometer reading, and the license plate number―especially if the plates are staying with the car.
- Statement by the sellers that there is no lien or other encumbrance on the title of the car.
This unofficial bill of sale will not replace the Certificate of Title transfer process; it is for personal use only.
Junked Vehicle Bill of Sale
The State of Illinois does, however, provide a special Junked Vehicle Bill of Sale (Form VSD 658) to use if you have lost the title certificate for a vehicle you are sending to the salvage yard. This document needs to be used in conjunction with the Certificate of Final Disposition (Form VSD 657).
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