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  • Buying and Selling FAQs in Utah


    What is a bill of sale?

    UT Buying and Selling FAQs

    It's a written document that helps provide proof of transfer of ownership of personal property, such as a car. It contains important information, including the purchase price of the vehicle, the sale date, a description of the vehicle, and the names of the buyer and seller.


    Where can I get a blank bill of sale?

    Glad you asked. We provide a generic bill of sale, and the state has its own Bill of Sale (Form TC-843).


    I'm selling my vehicle. Do the plates stay with me or the vehicle?

    The plates stay with you, so remove them from the vehicle.


    I'm selling my vehicle. Do I need to worry about the sales tax?

    Absolutely not. The tax is collected from the buyer at a Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.


    I'm buying a vehicle from a private seller. How long does the seller have to hand over the title?

    Legally, 48 hours. But from a practical sense, the title should be given to you at the time of the sale. You might be setting yourself up for a headache if you don't obtain the title at that point.

    I just sold my vehicle to a private buyer. Should I let the DMV know this?

    Yes. You should write a note which includes the vehicle model, year, and plate or vehicle identification number. Be sure to sign the note. Then, send it to:

    • Division of Motor Vehicles
    • Suspended Transaction Unit
    • P.O. Box 30412
    • Salt Lake City, UT 84130

    You may also fax it to (801) 297-3570.


    How much does it cost to register and get plates for my new vehicle?

    That's a good question, but there isn't a simple answer. These fees vary depending on your type of vehicle, where you live, and other factors.


    I just bought a car from a private seller. How do I get a temporary permit?

    Just go to a DMV with your title, proof of insurance, and photo identification. The permit is valid for 15 days, and costs $6.


    I'm having all sorts of problems with my new car. Where I can find out more about Utah's Lemon Law?

    We cover this subject in our Lemon Law section.


    I have a complaint about a dealer. What should I do?

    If you can't resolve the issue with the dealer, you may contact the Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division at (801) 297-2600.

    If you prefer putting the complaint in writing, send the letter to:

    • Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division
    • Utah State Tax Commission
    • 210 N. 1950 W
    • Salt Lake City, UT 84134

    The division also handles cases of motor vehicle fraud.


    Where can I find more information about registering and titling cars?

    An excellent place to start is by looking at our registration and titling sections.

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