How to Register a Vehicle
You have 15 days to register your vehicle from the time of sale and are allowed to legally operate the vehicle without plates for the first 3 days (the signed-over title acts as sufficient proof in case you get pulled over). The secretary of state encourages the buyer and seller involved in a private sale to both appear to an SOS office together to avoid any glitches in the registration process. If the new owner cannot register in person, they must have a designated agent appear with a valid Power of Attorney form (Form TR-128) and photocopy of their ID. Remember to bring the following paperwork to a Secretary of State location near you:
- Must present the original title signed over to you from the previous proprietor. The title must contain:
- Current Mileage (if there is no room to record an odometer reading, the buyer and seller must complete and sign an Odometer Mileage Statement – Form BVDR-108)
- Signatures from Both Parties
- If the vehicle contains an active lien, the lienholder must sign the title.
- VIN Number
- Proof of “no-fault insurance” (no-fault insurance covers any damages or injuries caused by a vehicular collision no matter who is at fault).
- A standard form of identification.
- Payment for the registration/titling process (fees may differ).
How to Write
Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF.
Step 2 – Vehicle Description – The Michigan bill of sale form requires you to provide the following vehicle information:
- Odometer reading
- Seller registration #
- The seller must select either “Yes” or “No” to whether or not they previously filed an application for title of the vehicle being sold.
Step 3 – Both Parties Info/Sale Info – Insert the information that corresponds with each field listed below:
- Seller’s Full Name
- City State
- Buyer’s Full Name
- Sum (in dollars) of the total sales price (E.G. $10,500)
- If the vehicle is being gifted, the box below must be checked and the relationship between the parties noted in the space provided.
Step 4 – Signing – Seller and buyer must sign on the indicated line and provide the current date.
Step 5 – Copy for Records – As you may have noticed, there is a matching form below the initial one. Fill out and sign the second form as you did the first and tear at the instructed line. You may now retain a copy for your records.