Paperwork When Selling a Car in Utah
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When it's time to part ways with your vehicle, sign the title over to the new owner. Also give the current registration certificate, current safety and emissions certificates, and completed and signed bill of sale.
Then, take the license plates off the car so you're not liable for any parking or traffic tickets. The new owner is responsible for getting a new title, a new registration, and new plates.
You are required to hand over a legitimate title to the buyer within 48 hours of the transaction, so before you even get started, make sure you have your paperwork in order. If you've lost the title, or it has been mutilated, submit an Application for Utah Duplicate Title to get a replacement.
If you've let your registration lapse, you might have some fees or fines to take care of. Remember, as long as the vehicle is in your possession, you're responsible for keeping it legal. Just because you sell your car, you are not exempt from violations that occurred while you owned it.
You must notify the DMV, in writing, of your vehicle being sold. Include:
- The vehicle's make and year
- Plate or vehicle identification number
- Your signature
You can send by fax at (801) 297 - 3570. Or, if you prefer, mail to:
- Division of Motor Vehicles
- Suspended Transaction Unit
- 210 N. 1950 W.
- Salt Lake City, Utah 84134
The buyer will need a completed bill of sale. You can conveniently download a copy of this document from our Bill of Sale page.
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