When you buy or sell a vehicle, you’ll need a Bill of Sale. This serves as a legal receipt from the buyer to the seller documenting both the change in ownership and the purchase price. The State of Alabama has some legal specific requirements about what a Bill of Sale must contain.
Invoices are not acceptable as a Bill of Sale thus a Bill of Sale must be a separate document used to transfer the title of the motor vehicle.
If you buy a motor vehicle from a dealer you’ll receive from the dealer the appropriate Bill of Sale.
The following information should generally appear on the Alabama Bill of Sale Form:
– Name of the seller; if it’s a dealer, then seller must be the licensed dealer name.
– Complete address of the seller – a P.O. box is not acceptable!
– Name of the buyer.
– Complete address of the buyer – a P.O. box is not acceptable!
– Complete vehicle description, including Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), make, model, year, series number and body type.
– Vehicle odometer reading at the time of sale.
– Date of sale.
– Signature of the seller or of the authorized representative.
– Notary public seal identifying the seller and his signature.
For more information go to Alabama Department of Revenue – The Motor Vehicle Division
Alabama Department of Revenue – The Motor Vehicle Division is responsible for issuing motor vehicle titles, maintaining vehicle registration information and enforcing the Mandatory Liability Insurance Act.