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Bill of Sale

When selling or buying a vehicle, you must be familiarized with the paperwork you must go through when doing the transaction, there are a lot of forms you must complete correctly. This last couple of years left some evidence of the most common incidents when selling or buying a vehicle. There are a lot of intentional or unintentional mistakes that can lead you to fraud or theft. One simple mistake can lead you to lose money and waste your time trying to fix things up.

In Florida, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) highly recommend that, at the moment of buying or selling your vehicle, the owner and the buyer protect themselves by completing the Bill of Sale Document. This form is not legally required by the DMV officers, and in any case it is a replacement of the Title transfer, but this document works as a backup form. The Bill of Sale protects both parts of the transaction: The Buyer and the Seller.

Its official name is “Notice of Sale and/or Bill of Sale for a Motor Vehicle, Mobile Home, Off-Highway Vehicle or Vessel”. This document can be downloaded from the official DHSMV website. This form is a very good backup to avoid you any possible problems in the future.

Purpose of the form

The Bill of Sale is beneficial for both of the parts. It protects the Seller and the Buyer during a certain period of time. This paper works as a proof of the transaction made and the change of responsibilities form one part to the other one.

At the moment of the sale, it is necessary that the actual owner of the vehicle is the first one to fill up this paper and sign it, before the buyer.

To complete the form correctly, the seller must include the following information:

  • The Vehicle details.
  • The Certificate of title number.
  • The current kilometer of the vehicle.
  • The personal information of both parts.
  • The vehicle`s price of sale and the current date.

Benefits for the Seller of the Vehicle

The Bill of Sale protects the seller of the vehicle in case there is any infraction or new ticket once the vehicle is driven by the new owner. It is a proof of non responsibility over the vehicle.

Once the purchase is completed, the seller must notify the tax collector’s office (DMV Office), to inform them about the sale. After this, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will proceed to cancel the registration of the vehicle under the Seller’s name and keep the vehicle on hold until the buyer’s notification arrives. Once everything is completed, they will register the vehicle under the new owner’s name.

Benefits for Buyers

The Bill of Sale also protects the buyer of the vehicle in case there is any infraction or ticket of the vehicle from the previous owner. It is a proof of non responsibility over the vehicle from the date of purchase backwards.

When the transaction has been completed, the Buyer should notify the purchase to the tax collector’s office. After this, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will cancel the registration of the vehicle under the Seller’s name and register the vehicle under the new owner’s name. Bear in mind that in this stage of the purchase it will be required to pay the sales tax. If the Vehicle Registration, under the new owner, takes more than 30 days after the sale, it will be a penalty fee due to the late transfer.



FL DMV offices in Carrabelle, Florida

912 NW Avenue A


Motor Vehicle Services


32322


(850) 697-3263

33 Market St., Suite #202


Driver License & Motor Vehicle Services


32320


(850) 653-9323

202 Ochlockonee Street


Driver License & Motor Vehicle Services


32327


(850) 926-6977

3056 Crawfordville Highway


Crawfordville Clerk of the Court Office


32327


(850) 926-0905

151 N. 3rd Street


Wewahitchka Motor Vehicle Office


32465


(850) 639-2655

1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Room 100 & 147


Driver License & Motor Vehicle Services


32456


(850) 229-6116

1000 5th St., Rm. 148


Port St. Joe Clerk of the Court Office


32456


(850) 229-6113

10818 NW State Road 20


Driver License & Motor Vehicle Services


32321


(850) 643-2442




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