Bill of Sale Requirements in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Bill of Sale

Wisconsin does not have a bill of sale requirement as the state instead requires you to complete a title transfer to assign ownership to a buyer. However, filling out a bill of sale is always a good idea when you're buying or selling a car in a private party transaction. A bill of sale can serve as a valuable record for tax purposes, as a receipt for both buyer and seller, and to legally protect you in the event that the buyer doesn't register the vehicle or abandons it.

WI Bill of Sale Download

If you are purchasing a vehicle from a private party, it is always a very good idea to ask for a bill of sale to go along with the title and any other necessary paperwork. The Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles offers a downloadable form, Instructions for Selling a Vehicle (Form MV2928), that outlines the steps when making a private party purchase. This includes a bill of sale. This document can be viewed and downloaded using the free Adobe Reader.

A thorough bill of sale will include the buyer's name and address, the seller's name, address, and current registration number, and all vehicle information:

  • Make, model, and year.
  • Style and color.
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Odometer reading.
  • Sale price.

Some people choose to have their bills of sale notarized, too.

Generic Bill of Sale

If you choose not to use Wisconsin's bill of sale, we provide links to generic forms you can use.

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