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Use the free Bill of Sale template above anytime you buy or sell a used motorcycle.
What is a Bill of Sale?
A Bill of Sale is a legally binding contract between buyers and sellers that includes the following information:
- Date and location of the sale.
- Seller’s name, address, signature.
- Buyer’s name, address, signature.
- Vehicle information (year, make, model, color, odometer, VIN, etc.)
- Any other details or warranties that have been agreed upon. (e.g. As-is, no title, on conditions, etc.)
A Bill of Sale protects buyers and sellers should any disagreements arise. You can think of it as a receipt of the transaction.
Both the buyer and the seller should retain a signed copy of the Bill of Sale.
If you need to submit your Bill of Sale to the DMV, be sure to make another copy of it as well.
Below is a list of states that require a Bill of Sale when completing a title transfer/private sale of a motorcycle:
- Nebraska (Notarization required)
- New York
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
- West Virginia (Notarization required)
Official DMV Bill of Sale Forms
Some states offer official versions of the bill of sale forms. In most cases, you can choose to use these or a generic template as long as all the necessary information is included.
States that offer an official bill of sale form for free include:
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Bill of Sale for Motorcycles with No Title
In the case of buying old motorcycles, the Bill of Sale becomes even more important.
A lot of great project motorcycles you’ll find have been sitting in a barn or a garage for many years – sometimes decades!
Here are some common scenarios you’ll find when buying old bikes:
- The previous owner has passed away and the estate has no clue where ownership papers could be.
- The title and registration was lost long ago and never replaced.
- The bike was never registered in the first place.
- The bike was abandoned or acquired at auction.
In all of these scenarios, the Bill of Sale is the ONLY document you’ll have to demonstrate a statement of facts and a chain of ownership.
If the motorcycle you’re buying doesn’t have a title, be sure to get a Bill of Sale.
Whatever the case, always get a Bill of Sale in a private vehicle transaction.
Some states allow you to use this to register and title the bike in your name.
If you find that your state DMV is making the process difficult or impossible, you can look to a state like Vermont, where you can mail in the application and use the Bill of Sale as proof of ownership is the bike is old enough (15 years).