While not necessary for most vehicle transactions, the State of New Jersey does require a Bill of Sale Form for certain situations. The State of New Jersey doesn’t provide a state-approved Bill of Sale Form. For vehicle sales, New Jersey requires you to perform a title transfer to the new buyer or to complete a Bill of Sale form in cases where the Certificate of Ownership (the title) is unavailable.
The following information should appear on the New Jersey 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.
New Jersey Bill of Sale Form
In order to transfer a vehicle ownership you need to go to a motor vehicle agency. Unfortunately this type of transaction cannot be completed through the mail.
If a motor vehicle has suffered sufficient damage to render it economically impractical to repair or has been rendered a total loss by an insurer, the person in possession of the certificate of ownership (or “title”) for the vehicle is required, by law, to surrender the title to the New Jersey – Motor Vehicle Commission. The New Jersey – Motor Vehicle Commission will then issue a salvage title for that vehicle. Salvage vehicles cannot be registered for the purpose of being driven on the public highways of New Jersey except for the purpose of going to and from an inspection appointment at a Motor Vehicle Commission facility. (N.J.A.C. 13:21-22.6.)
It is against the law to sell or transfer ownership of a salvage motor vehicle except as a salvage motor vehicle with a salvage title. However this applies unless the vehicle is repaired and inspected by the Motor Vehicle Commission. (N.J.A.C. 13:21-22.5.)
Important! To register a vehicle you must schedule an appointment – no walk-ins are accepted! You can schedule an appointment here: Schedule an appointment to NJ MVC
How to fill out the New Jersey Bill of Sale Form
The Bill of Sale Form for the state of New Jersey is composed of three sections. Therefore below you’ll see you how to correctly fill out this form:
The first contains the vehicle information – Make, Model, Year, Style (Body type), Color, VIN or Vehicle Identification Number, Odometer Reading at the time of transfer (use only digits, no tenths), seller registration number, and to answer if you previously filed an application for title of this vehicle:
At 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. So 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 have to write the sum of the transfer price of the vehicle or the word GIFT. Correspondingly, if this vehicle was a gift, you need to indicate the relationship with the buyer (e.g. parent, spouse, friend):
The last section, Section 3, contains the seller’s statement about the details contained in this Bill of Sale. Lastly complete seller’s signature and date:
Please note that you can fill out this Bill of Sale form by hand. However do not 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.
Details about the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
For more information go to State of New Jersey – Motor Vehicle Commission.
Its mission is to promote motor vehicle safety for the citizens by delivering secure, effective and professional motor vehicle services. Furthermore its mission is to achieve public trust and confidence in the quality and integrity of those services.