Bill of Sale Requirements in Missouri

Bill of Sale Basics

Most Missouri drivers will buy and sell vehicles several times throughout their lives, so it's important to understand the procedure for completing a bill of sale form. The purpose of a bill of sale is to provide legal documentation for the sale or even trade of a motor vehicle. The form acts as a receipt for the buyer and provides the seller with proof that he or she no longer owns the vehicle. This form is also necessary to receive a clear title and registration for your vehicle.

You can download a copy of the Bill of Sale (Form 1957) from the Missouri Department of Revenue's Motor Vehicle Bureau. The form is available as an Adobe PDF file that requires the free Acrobat Reader software to view and print.

Bill of Sale Requirements

A bill of sale requires the following information:

  • The buyer's name and address
  • The seller's name and address
  • The vehicle's year, make, title number, and vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • The purchase price or vehicle you've traded for

The bill of sale can be signed by either the seller or both the seller and the buyer of the vehicle. However, whoever is listed on the title must be the seller. Spouses or other family members can't sign on behalf of each other.

If you are using your bill of sale to show ownership of the major parts of a rebuilt vehicle or as documentation for a temporary permit, the form must be notarized.

If you have questions relating to the completion of your bill of sale form, please call the Missouri Department of Revenue's Motor Vehicle Bureau at (573) 526-3669.

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