Bill of Sale Requirements in West Virginia

A bill of sale can be a key document in a sales transaction of a car. West Virginia does require the use of a bill of sale for certain transactions. Learn more about bill of sale requirements in WV.

Bill of Sale Basics in WV

Purchasing a used vehicle from an individual can sometimes save you money, but it can also seem a bit more complicated because you don't have a dealer taking care of everything for you. Along with all the other paperwork, you should complete a bill of sale by writing your own or filling out the West Virginia Bill of Sale (Form DMV-7-TR).

The bill of sale can act as a supporting proof of purchase document for the buyer, as well as a supporting document for release of liability to the seller.

Keep in mind that a bill of sale will not finalize an ownership transfer. A proper title transfer will need to be completed. Learn more by visiting our Title Transfer in West Virginia page.

West Virginia Bill of Sale Requirements

A bill of sale is not required for all vehicle sales transactions. However, West Virginia requires a bill of sale be completed and submitted if you bought a vehicle for less than 50% of its NADA Clean Loan Book value and are attempting to title it within the state. Without a bill of sale, you'll be taxed at the vehicle's full NADA Clean Loan Book rate, so be sure to fill it out.

The completed and notarized bill of sale should include:

  • The name, address, and signature of the buyer and seller.
  • The vehicle's year, make, and vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • The date of sale.
  • The final sale price.
  • The signature of a notary public.

You will also need to submit copies of the driver's licenses of both the buyer and seller with the notarized bill of sale.

Generic Bill of Sale

If you have trouble downloading the West Virginia Bill of Sale form, check out our generic bill of sale form.


Bill of Sale
Form used as a proof of sale when transferring ownership of a vehicle in WV.
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