Buying and Selling FAQs in Utah

What is a bill of sale?

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 during the time it takes to title and register your vehicle, 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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