Tennessee Motor Vehicle (DMV) Bill of Sale Form


The Tennessee DMV bill of sale form is a tangible record to report the essential facts with the transfer of ownership involving a vehicle. This document details information relevant to the sale such as buyer, seller, and vehicle information, along with purchase price, trade-in amounts, and accompanying signatures. The state of Tennessee does not obligate either party to retain a bill of sale upon exchange, but it is recommended for the seller to do so to eliminate any chance for liability exposure. It can also be a beneficial device to make useful for tax purposes.

How to Register a Vehicle

Dependent on the county you reside in, you may have to procure an Emissions Test before transferring the title and registration of the vehicle (TN Code § 55-17-127). Obtaining emissions test certification is required for automobiles that were built in 1975 or after and if the gross weight is 10,500 lbs or under in the following counties:

  • Davidson
  • Hamilton
  • Rutherford
  • Sumner
  • Williamson
  • Wilson

Once you have acquired proof of a passing emissions test, or if you live somewhere other than the counties mentioned above,  you will need to visit your local Tennessee County Clerk’s Office with the following paperwork:

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF.

Step 2 – Buyer’s Information – In the first section, you will want to input the pertinent data affiliated to the buyer:

  • Full Name (First, Middle Initial, Last)
  • Street Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code

Step 3 – Seller’s Information – Next, fill in the information associated with the Seller of the vehicle:

  • Full Name (First, Middle Initial, Last)
  • Street Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code

Step 4 – Vehicle Description – Complete the following information about the vehicle being sold:

  • Date of Sale
  • Make of Vehicle
  • Model
  • Year Built
  • Color
  • Vehicle Identification Number
  • Selling Price
  • Trade-in Information (if applicable) – For transactions involving a trade-in of another vehicle, be sure to subtract its corresponding value from the selling price to determine the difference and annotate accordingly.

Step 5 – Seller and Buyer Signatures – The last section requires the following:

  • Signature of Seller
  • Printed Name of Seller
  • Signature of Buyer
  • Printed Name of Buyer