Do I Need A Bill of Sale?

louisiana bill of sale formI hear this question a lot: If I am buying a vehicle from an individual, do I need a bill of sale in Louisiana? The answer is a bit tricky.

If you are buying a vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle, trailer, rv, etc.) from an individual, you do not need a bill of sale to transfer the vehicle into your name at the OMV. This is assuming that the notarized title contains the dollar amount of the sale and the vehicle’s mileage. If the notarized title that transfers the vehicle does not contain either the amount that you paid for it or the vehicle’s mileage, you do need a bill of sale.

If you are buying a vehicle from a dealer, I would always require the dealer to provide me with a bill of sale. All reputable dealers will, without you having to ask for one.

So if a bill of sale is not required, why do I recommend that you always get one, even if you are buying an automobile from an individual? A properly executed bill of sale that is notarized is a valid, written contract between the parties. If anything goes wrong, and it sometimes does, this will be your one solid piece of evidence showing that funds were exchanged in the deal. Without it, the only proof of the sell may be your word, and that will not get you very far.

If I was called to help with the auto transfer paperwork, I would provide an original bill of sale for the buyer and seller, along with a properly transferred title. This gives both parties proof of the transfer, and the buyer has what he needs to register the vehicle.

If you need a mobile notary in the Baton Rouge area, feel free to call me at 225-907-5280. Thank you for reading!

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