While you may write your own bill of sale, the California Department of Motor Vehicles offers a standard form that you can fill out.  It is recommended that you use this form so that you don’t forget any important information.

If you decide to write your own bill of sale, make sure to include the following information:

  • the date of sale
  • the cost of vehicle purchase
  • your full name and address
  • the buyer's full name and address
  • the vehicle's year, make, model, identification number and mileage
  • acknowledgement of any liens held on the vehicle
  • the buyer must sign the bill of sale

After you and the buyer sign the bill of sale, you should make a copy for yourself and hand the buyer the original. The buyer will then need to visit their local county tax commissioner’s office to update the vehicle's registration.


Download a sample bill of sale form that you may use from here:

Sample Bill_of_Sale_Form.pdf 

Bill of Sale

If you are buying or selling a vehicle that is 10 years old or younger, don't forget that you must fill out an Odometer Disclosure form.

If you need to sell a vehicle and you are out of state, you may give someone a limited power of attorney just for the purpose of the vehicle sale.  You can do that using this form.  reg260.pdf