Paperwork When Buying a Car in Wyoming

When buying a car in Wyoming, you'll need paperwork to get the car titled and registered. If you're buying a car from a dealer, the required paperwork will usually be handled by the dealer. But, if you're buying from a private seller, you need to deal with the paperwork directly and ensure that you receive and complete all of the documents required by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT).

Paperwork Required for WY Buyers

The vehicle title is the single most important document that you need when you buy a car. Make sure all the sellers listed on the title sign in the sellers' box. These signatures will need to be notarized, so the signing needs to actually take place in front of a notary for the title to be transferred.

If the title is from out of state, a vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection needs to be conducted. This can be done by any authorized law enforcement officer in the state.

An odometer disclosure statement may also be necessary, depending on the age of the vehicle.

Finally, you must also obtain a bill of sale. All parties involved in the sale (buyers and sellers) should be named on the bill of sale, along with the agreed-upon selling price, the date of the sale, and the year, make, and model of the vehicle.

To title the vehicle in your name, you'll need the Application for Certificate of Title and VIN/HIN Inspection Form (Form MV-300A).

Title and registration requirements and fees differ by county, so contact your county clerk's office for more information or questions.

Buying Without the Title

You cannot buy a vehicle in Wyoming without a title.

If the title is lost or damaged, the seller needs to apply for a duplicate before you can legally buy the vehicle. The seller can go to a county clerk's office and either apply in person or via mail for a duplicate. The state requires a waiting period before issuing a duplicate title, and all owners of the vehicle must sign the notarized application.

Once the seller has the title, it can be transferred to you.

Buying Without the Registration

You won't need the previous vehicle registration when you apply for a title and registration in your name, so don't worry about getting it from the seller.

Bill of Sale

A bill of sale is needed when a change of ownership takes place. For convenience sake, you can easily download a copy of this form from our Bill of Sale page. It should include the seller's name, your name, the price you pay for the car, the sale date, and the car's year, make, and model.

Vehicle History Report

A Vehicle History Report is not required to buy a car, but it's a very valuable tool when buying a used vehicle. A vehicle history report provides detailed information about a vehicle based on its vehicle identification number (VIN), including:

  • Past accidents.
  • Damage from accidents, floods, or other events.
  • An odometer estimate.

With a vehicle history report, you can confirm the accuracy of what a seller tells you and avoid problem vehicles.

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