Missouri (DMV) Bill of Sale Form for Motor Vehicle, Trailer, or Boat

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The Missouri DMV bill of sale form is an application that is executed when there is a transfer of personal property (this form being specific to a motor vehicle). It is mandatory to carry out the agreement as it is required by Missouri law for registration and title transfer. Specific sale details such as the title number, price of the vehicle, and participants’ information are all transcribed to the form creating a palpable record of the transaction. Once completed, you must furnish your local DMV with a copy of the form within 30 days of the sale.

How to Register a Vehicle

After purchasing a vehicle in the state of Missouri, you must have it registered within 30 days of the sale; otherwise, you may be charged a fee. Go to a licensing office at a DOR (Department of Revenue) location of your choice and have the following materials on hand:

  • A Bill of Sale filled out and signed by the purchaser and seller.
  • Proof of ownership (Either the title signed over to the new proprietor or the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin which is typically provided by a dealership when a new vehicle is sold.)
  • A completed Application for Missouri Title and License – Form DOR-108.
  • If the vehicle is less than 10 years old and under 16,000 pounds, you must provide an Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form 3019) – in correspondence with § 407.536.
  • Depending on the age of your vehicle and the county in which you live, you may be required to provide a certificate for safety and/or emissions inspection – in accordance with § 307.366.
  • In the event of an out-of-state vehicle, the individual registering must provide a certificate for a VIN and odometer inspection (a basic safety inspection administered by an official Missouri inspection station will suffice).
  • If there was a lien on the vehicle and it has been paid off, you must furnish a completed copy of the Notice of Lien, Lien Release, or Authorization to Add/Remove Name from Title – Form DOR-4809 (this form must be presented to a notary public for validation). Subject to § 301.640.
  • Be prepared to make a payment for any costs attached to registration, titling, and/or taxes.

How to Register a Boat

When acquiring a new vessel, there are various steps you will be required to take to ensure that you are permitted to operate it legally in the state of Missouri. From the date of purchase, you will have a total of 60 days to register if registration is mandated for your vessel’s particular case. Should you elect to register after this time period, a fine of $10 per month will be incurred. Many motor-propelled watercraft or vessels equipped with a sail will be obligated to be registered and titled with the state before use in the water. There are a handful of exceptions to this rule, such as:

  • Boats with sales that have a length of 12 feet or fewer.
  • Government vessels.
  • Lifeboats.
  • Boats registered in a neighboring state or foreign country to be utilized for a duration of time less than 60 days.

To formally register and title a vessel, gather the required paperwork to be handed in at your closest Missouri Department of Revenue location:

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF.

Step 2 – Purchaser and Seller Information – Participants must insert all applicable information which includes the Purchaser(s) & Seller(s) :

  • Name(s) (typed or printed)
  • Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code

Step 3 – Motor Vehicle Information – This section instructs you to provide the following:

  • Year
  • Make
  • Title Number
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
  • Sale Date (MM/DD/YYYY)
  • Sale Price (numerically, in dollars)

(If the vehicle was an even trade, skip to the “Unit or Vehicle Traded For Section”.)

Step 4 – Boat, Trailer, or Outboard Motor Information – This form not only allows you to sell a motor vehicle but also gives the option of selling a boat, trailer, or outboard motor. If applicable, provide the following information for each section:

Boat

  • Year
  • Make
  • Title Number
  • Vessel Identification Number
  • Sale Date (MM/DD/YYYY)
  • Sale Price (numerically, in dollars)

Trailer

  • Year
  • Make
  • Title Number
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
  • Sale Date (MM/DD/YYYY)
  • Sale Price (numerically, in dollars)

Outboard Motor

  • Year
  • Make
  • Title Number
  • Motor Identification Number
  • Horsepower
  • Sale Date (MM/DD/YYYY)
  • Sale Price (numerically, in dollars)

(Leave sections blank if not applicable.)

Step 5 – Unit or Vehicle Traded For Section – If it was an even trade, provide the following:

  • Year
  • Make
  • Title Number
  • Vehicle Identification Number

(Leave section blank if not applicable.)

Step 6 – Signatures – Seller and buyer must read the following, “Under penalties of perjury, I declare that the information I have provided and any attached supplement is true, complete, and correct.”. If they both agree, they must provide:

  • Signature of One Purchaser
  • Signature of One Seller
  • Check “Yes” or “No” depending on whether or not the unit or vehicle was sold for destruction.

Step 7 – Notarization – To certify the document, it must be submitted to a notary for authentication. This is only legally required for a rebuilt vehicle or when specifically requested by the Department of Revenue. The notary will provide:

  • The Date (day, month, year)
  • State
  • County (or City of St. Louis)
  • Signature
  • Public Name (Typed or Printed)
  • Date in which their Commission Expires
  • Embosser or Black Ink Rubber Stamp Seal

Once completed, you must mail the form to:

Motor Vehicle Bureau, P.O. Box 100, Jefferson City, MO 65105