While not necessary for most vehicle transactions, the State of Mississippi does require a Bill of Sale Form for certain circumstances. Also the State of Mississippi doesn’t provide a state-approved Bill of Sale Form. For vehicle sales, Mississippi requires you to perform a title transfer to the new buyer, which must be accompanied by a Bill of Sale IF there is no room to list the sale price on the title.
The following information should appear on the Mississippi Bill of Sale Form:
- Name of the seller.
- Complete address of the seller.
- Name of the buyer.
- Complete address of the buyer.
- Complete vehicle description, including Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), make, model, year.
- Vehicle odometer reading at the time of sale.
- The price paid.
- Date of sale.
- Signature of both the seller and the buyer.
Mississippi Bill of Sale Form
The vehicle must be registered within 7 working days of the date you purchased the vehicle. If you purchased the vehicle outside of your home county, you have 7 working days plus an additional 48 hours from the date of purchase to register the vehicle before penalties apply.
Mississippi has a temporary drive out tag which can be purchased from the dealer who sold the car. The tag is valid for 7 working days from the date of purchase.
More about vehicle registration in Mississippi
In Mississippi, the tag is registered to both the vehicle and the owner. If one or the other changes, the tag must be removed and surrendered to your county Tax Collector.
Mississippi law does not allow for a refund of registration fees or taxes. However, when the vehicle is sold or ownership changes, then the owner may apply the unused portion of a registration to a new Mississippi registration. The tag from the vehicle that was sold must be turned in to the county Tax Collector. Therefore credit is given from the first day of the next month following the date of the tag’s surrender. A credit certificate will be given to you if you are not purchasing a new tag the same month. Credit can only be given from the time the tag is turned in, not from the time the vehicle was sold. You may use the credit certificate in any county of this state.
Mississippi law does not provide for refunds when an individual moves out of state and cannot use the credit.
When registering the vehicle in Mississippi, you will need to provide the title from the other state and an odometer disclosure statement. So if the vehicle was not titled in another state, you will need to provide the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin.
Mississippi law does not provide for emissions testing of motor vehicle. Therefore emissions testing is not a prerequisite to registration.
You may contact the Motor Vehicle Licensing Bureau (601) 923-7200.
How to complete the Mississippi Bill of Sale Form
This Bill of Sale Form is composed of three sections and below you’ll see you how to fill out this form:
The first section contains the vehicle information. Here you’ll need to fill out the Make, Model, Year, Style (Body type), Color, VIN or Vehicle Identification Number. Also the Odometer Reading at the time of transfer (use only digits, no tenths), seller registration number. Lastly you need to answer if you previously filed an application for title of this vehicle:
In the Section 2 you will have to fill out first the Seller information. This means the full name of the seller. The name must be PRINTED. This means to use only Capital Letters to write SELLER’S NAME. Then seller’s street address, seller’s city and state. Further you will need to fill out the Buyer information – the full name of the buyer. The buyer’s name must be PRINTED – this means to use only Capital Letters to write BUYER’S NAME. Additionally fill out buyer’s street address, buyer’s city and state. After these details you will need to write the price (sum) of the transfer price of the vehicle or the word GIFT. Also you have to indicate if this vehicle was a gift and to indicate the relationship with the buyer (e.g. parent, spouse, friend):
The last third section represents the seller’s statement about the details contained in this Bill of Sale. Finally complete seller’s signature and date:
Please note that you can fill out this Bill of Sale form by hand. However don’t forget to use a pen and not a pencil. If you are filling out this form on your device (phone, tablet, computer) this form is a fillable PDF that works best with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Find out more about the Mississippi Motor Vehicle Licensing Bureau
For more information go to the Mississippi Department of Revenue – Motor Vehicle Licensing Bureau.
The Department of Revenue is the primary agency for collecting tax revenues that support state and local governments in Mississippi. Moreover the agency is responsible for titling and registration of motor vehicles.