Bill of Sale Requirements in South Dakota

SD Bill of Sale

A bill of sale is a handy document that records a transaction between two people—frequently used for private-party vehicle sales. It's useful as a receipt of the sale, and protects the seller in the event that the buyer fails to register the car or later abandons it.

In South Dakota, most of a vehicle's private sale (or transfer) can be completed on the vehicle's certificate of title. However, if you purchase your vehicle from out-of-state, you must provide a proof of purchase when titling and registering your car in South Dakota. A bill of sale is acts an acceptable proof of purchase.

South Dakota Bill of Sale Specifics

South Dakota's handy Bill of Sale (Form MV-016) is available online for you to download and print. However, you are not required to use the provided form. If you want to write your own bill of sale, make sure it includes the following:

  • The vehicle's:
    • Make.
    • Model.
    • Year.
    • Title number.
  • The purchaser's name.
  • The seller's signature and address.
  • The final purchase price.

Submit the completed form at the South Dakota DMV when you register your car (if necessary).

Generic Bill of Sale

If you have trouble downloading the South Dakota Bill of Sale form, we provide a generic bill of sale form for your use.


Bill of Sale
Use the DMV's bill of sale form as a proof of purchase when transferring ownership of a vehicle in SD.
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