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Bill of Sale Requirements in Tennessee

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Tennessee does not require a bill of sale, but that doesn't mean the document isn't valuable for Volunteer Staters. Read on to find out how Tennesseans can transfer ownership of vehicles and use bills of sale for unofficial reasons.

Tennessee Bill of Sale Details

When you buy or sell a vehicle in Tennessee, complete a Tennessee title transfer in order to formally hand off ownership to the buyer.

Even though Tennessee doesn't require a bill of sale, having one is still a good way to create a receipt for your records. A notarized bill of sale is a legal document showing a transfer in ownership of a vehicle that helps both the seller and purchaser avoid any confusion when trying to obtain a clear title and registration. A bill of sale includes:

  • The name, address, and signature of the previous owner.
  • The name and address of the new owner.
  • The year, make, and vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle.
  • The date of sale.
  • The signature of a notary public.

When you purchase a vehicle outright, it's important that the seller provides you with the current title, signed by both of you. You and the seller should each keep a notarized bill of sale for the transaction.

Generic Bill of Sale

To assist you in finding a form, we provide generic bill of sale forms for your use.

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