Ohio Bill of Sale Form for Vehicles

In the state of Ohio when you sell, buy or transfer a vehicle you may complete also a Bill of Sale Form for your safety even though it’s not mandatory.

This form serves as a legal contract from the seller to the buyer documenting the change in ownership and the purchase price.

Because the State of Ohio doesn’t provide an official Bill of Sale we prepared a generic federal form for you.

The following information should appear on the Ohio Bill of Sale form:

  • Vehicle details with Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Odometer reading at the time of transfer
  • The purchase price or vehicle value
  • Seller’s name and address
  • Buyer’s name and address
  • Seller’s Signature
  • Date of sale
  • Buyer’s signature

Ohio Bill of Sale Form

Below you can download and use our updated Bill of Sale form for 2024:

Click here to download the Ohio Bill of Sale Form.

Ohio Bill of Sale Form

How to fill out the Ohio Bill of Sale Form

This Bill of Sale is composed of three sections and below you can see you how to fill out this form easy and fast:

Section 1 of the Ohio Bill of Sale

The first section contains the vehicle information. Here you need to fill out the Make, Model, Year, Body type, Color, and VIN or Vehicle Identification Number. Next fill out the Odometer Reading at the time of transfer. Please use only digits, no tenths. Then check if this is the Actual Mileage. Or check if the Odometer is in excess of its mechanical limits. Only if it’s the case you may check if the odometer reading is not the actual mileage:

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Section 1 of the Ohio Bill of Sale

Section 2 of the Ohio Bill of Sale

In the second section you have to fill out first the Seller information. This means the full name of the seller. The name must be PRINTED. So use only Capital Letters to write SELLER’S NAME. Then complete seller’s street address, seller’s city and state. Further you need to fill out the Buyer details. Complete here the full name of the buyer. The buyer’s name must be PRINTED also. Next fill out buyer’s street address, buyer’s city and state. After these details you have to write the sum of the transfer price of the vehicle, to indicate if this vehicle was a gift and to indicate the relationship with the buyer (e.g. parent, spouse, friend) and the value of the vehicle:

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Section 2 of the Ohio Bill of Sale

Section 3 of the Ohio Bill of Sale

The last section, the third one, represents the seller’s statement about the details contained in this Bill of Sale. Lastly, fill out the seller’s signature, date, and buyer’s signature:

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Section 3 of the Ohio Bill of Sale

Please note that you can fill out this Bill of Sale form by hand. However don’t forget to use a pen with blue or black ink and not a pencil. If you fill this form on your device (phone, tablet, computer) this form is a fillable PDF that works best with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Odometer Disclosure Statement in Ohio

To complete an Odometer Disclosure Statement click here: Odometer Disclosure StatementForm BMV 3724

For a casual sale, when the certificate of title is being held electronically, no physical (paper) certificate of title has been issued and when the electronic title is being transferred, and neither the seller nor the buyer is a licensed Ohio dealer you can use this form: Ownership Assignment and Title Application for Casual SaleForm BMV 3770.

Ownership of the vehicle will remain in the transferor/seller’s name as it appears on the front of the title until the title is completely transferred to the transferee/buyer’s name and a new title is issued with the new owner’s name.

Details about buying a vehicle

When you buy a vehicle:

  • The buyer will pay sales and use tax on the purchase price of the vehicle;
  • Title transfers must take place within 30 days of the date of sale, otherwise a late fee will be assessed;
  • Dual ownership requires both parties to be present unless a notarized power of attorney is provided. Social Security numbers for all parties are required. Photocopies of title are not accepted;
  • If you choose to have a 45-day temporary tag issued, it must be obtained before you transfer the vehicle title into your name. Once an Ohio title is established, you will only be able to purchase permanent Ohio license plates;
  • If you have a lien holder, it must be noted on the assignment portion of the title.

Buying a car or any other motor vehicle is a taxable transaction.

Buying a car may be done through a car dealer or from a private seller. These are two different types of transactions when it comes to paying the sales tax. When buying from a car dealer, the transaction is fairly simple. The car dealer will calculate the taxes and title fees into a total amount that you will pay for the vehicle, and the title work will be completed for you.

You also need to understand the following before purchasing a vehicle from a private seller. If you came to an agreement for the purchase price of the vehicle with the private seller, and when the payment is made, the seller will sign the title of the vehicle into your name. Sales tax is charged every time a vehicle is bought or sold regardless of sales tax paid by a previous buyer.

Tips for transferring a vehicle

When you sell a vehicle the seller must complete the “assignment of ownership” portion on the back of the title including:

  • Purchase price;
  • Buyers’ information;
  • Date of transfer;
  • Current mileage in the presence of a deputy clerk or notary public. The deputy clerk or notary public will verify all fields are properly completed, witness the seller’s signature and notarize the document. Upon completion, the seller can present the title to you to finalize the transfer.

Prior to completing the title transfer, the seller and the buyer must verify the accuracy of the odometer listing and all the other information on the Certificate of title. Any alterations or omissions may void your title.

If you sell your vehicle to a car dealer, or if you buy a car from a dealer, all of the taxes and title fees will be taken care of by the dealer. If you sell your vehicle to another individual, then you agree to a purchase price and transfer the vehicle into that individual’s name at the local county title office. Taxes will be the responsibility of the purchaser and are based on the purchase price. It is wise to complete a Bill of Sale form, or a purchase agreement that you and the purchaser can keep for your records. We recommend to keep these forms for five years.

More details about the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles

For more information go to Ohio Department of Public Safety – Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, which oversees driver and motor vehicle licensing and registration, continues to make services more convenient, efficient and cost-effective.

A good example of BMV’s strong commitment to improving customer service is the creation of OPLATES.com – a website that hundreds of thousands of Ohioans use each year to renew their vehicle registrations and perform other business transactions with the BMV.