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California Bill of Sale

4DMV.com can help you find the information you need about to obtain, complete and print a California motor vehicle bill of sale.

When you purchase or sell a vehicle or vessel, it is definitely in your best interest, as well as your right to obtain and complete a motor vehicle bill of sale. Whether you are utilizing a California DMV bill of sale or a “generic” form from a third-party provider, these documents can come in handy down the road.

What is a Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale?

A California motor vehicle bill of sale is completed at the time purchase by both the buyer and seller. For example, if you purchase a vehicle, you can and bring the bill of sale document with you to the purchase. The seller is mandated by California law to complete the document if requested. Additionally, if you are selling a vehicle and want to ensure you are relieved of responsibility for the vehicle, you can also obtain this document and request the buyer to complete the form. The purchaser has to comply and provide a signature confirming the sale.

A bill of sale is an informal receipt of purchase proving that a transaction took place, including details such as the persons involved, the cost or value and the type of vehicle or vessel involved in the transaction. This allows a buyer to prove that they legally own the vehicle until the appropriate documents have been completed and submitted within 10 days of purchase. A California DMV bill of sale also proves that the seller is no longer responsible for costs or taxes imposed on the vehicle; however, this does not replace the need for a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability form (NRL).

It is important to note that in order to completely relinquish yourself as the owner of a vehicle or vessel after you have sold the vehicle, you must complete an NRL. Click here to print the forum or complete it online. This form will fully relieve a seller of the criminal and civil liability of the vehicle until registration and title transfer has been completed by the new owner.

Where to Get a California Bill of Sale

You can visit the DMV in person and obtain a bill of sale; however, in order to save yourself the trip, you can also call the DMV to speak to a representative and request the appropriate form at 1-800-777-0133. Upon request, the motor vehicle bill of sale will be mailed to you. Additionally, if you are connected to the internet and have a printer, you can download this form at the California DMV official website. There are also third-party companies that offer a DMV bill of sale form online, including:

  • California Bill of Sale Package: $9.99 online at. They provide a motor vehicle bill of sale form that is legally accepted by California DMV agencies. This serves as a comprehensive protection of both the buyer and seller with the option for a PDF or to print in MS Word documents.
  • www.bill-of-sale-center.com offers the purchase of a DMV bill of sale for $4.95, available for downloading and printing.
  • US Legal Forms offers a downloadable motor vehicle bill of sale, as well as other documents necessary in the state of California.

Who Completes a California DMV Bill of Sale?

A California DMV bill of sale is completed by the seller of the vehicle and includes all identifiable information for the vehicle including the make, model, year and engine in some cases, as well as the name, address and phone number of the seller, the price sold or value of the gift including any price paid in addition, and the signature of both the buyer and seller. A buyer will keep one copy, while the seller keeps another copy for records.

Is a Legal Bill of Sale Required for Titling and Registration?

Once you have purchased a vehicle, you will not be required to bring a motor vehicle bill of sale in order to register or transfer the title of the vehicle or vessel. Instead you will be asked for other documents, which includes the original title, a duplicate title, and an Application for Titling or Registration.

As a seller, you will not be required to submit a DMV bill of sale in order to complete the title transfer process or to complete an NRL form. Instead, you will need to maintain the legal document in order to maintain personal protection of liability of the vehicle.

What if a CA Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale is Lost?

The state of California does not require you to have a bill of sale to title or register your vehicle; therefore you will not be penalized for losing this form. However, you should try to re-contact the seller again and complete this form as necessary to avoid potential problems in the future.


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