When you purchase a vehicle, you must have acceptable proof of ownership. While you may write your own bill of sale, the New York Department of Motor Vehicles offers recommendations for what should be listed on the form. It is suggested that you use follow these so that you don’t forget any important information. It's necessary to have acceptable proof of ownership in order to register a vehicle, receive a title certificate or a transferable registration.
If you decide to write your own bill of sale, make sure to include the following information:
- Date of sale.
- Cost of vehicle purchase.
- Your full name and address.
- Buyer's full name and address.
- Vehicle's year, make, model, identification number and mileage.
- Acknowledgement of any liens held on the vehicle.
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.