Bill of Sale Requirements in Tennessee

The Basics

Although purchasing a vehicle from an individual can sometimes save you money, it can also seem a bit more complicated because you don't have a dealer taking care of everything for you. Along with all the other paperwork, you should complete a bill of sale form and have it notarized.

Bill of Sale Specifics

A notarized bill of sale is a legal document that shows a transfer in ownership of a vehicle and 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

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