Paperwork When Selling a Car in Oregon
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When selling a vehicle, you must sign over the title to the buyer(s). There is a section for both buyer and seller to sign on the back of Oregon title documents. For older titles, the heading may be "registered owners" or "new owners," and multiple signatures are required for multiple owners, buyers and sellers. There may be more than one seller or buyer, but a vehicle will have only one title.
A bill of sale may also be used, and is a good proof of record for the transaction.
Depending on the year of the vehicle, the DMV has different ways to proceed if you want to sell a vehicle whose title you have lost. Contact the DMV for specific instructions based on your situation. In general, you will need to apply for a duplicate title before initiating a sale.
It's not necessary to have your registration in hand when you sell a vehicle. The buyer has the responsibility to register the car once he or she has purchased it.
- Oregon DMV
- 1905 Lana Ave NE
- Salem, OR 97314
Though not mandatory, a bill of sale is good to have for your own records. If needed, you can easily download a copy from our Bill of Sale page.
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