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How to Get a Bill of Sale

October 27, 2015
A view of the side of an SUV.

Congratulations on finding your new car! The hours you spent scouring the internet or wandering dealership lots have finally come to a close and you’re ready to buy that new ride.

Or maybe the time has come to part ways with your longtime vehicle. Where do you even start with the paperwork process? You’ve heard people mention that you need a bill of sale, but...what exactly is that?

A bill of sale is an official document required when you’re buying or selling a car. It’s used to state that the odometer reading has been once and for all declared by the seller and acknowledged by the purchaser. Essentially, it’s to protect both parties from any miscommunication that could occur regarding the mileage on the car at the time of its sale. You’ll also need the bill of sale to obtain a Georgia title and registration as well as to get a license plate for the vehicle.

The Georgia Department of Revenue provides Form T-7 (Bill of Sale) where you can easily fill it out and print it off. However, if you’d like to draft up a bill of sale on your own, here’s what you’ll need to include in the document:

  • the cost of vehicle purchase
  • your full name and address
  • the buyer's full name and address
  • the vehicle's year, make, model, identification number and mileage
  • acknowledgement of any liens held on the vehicle
  • the date of sale

You’re not through with the paperwork yet, though. There’s one more thing you have to do before you’ll be ready to buy or sell that car you’ve had your eye on: complete a title transfer.

The main point of an official title transfer is, yet again, to make sure that the correct odometer reading is given to both parties participating in the transaction. You can read more about what exactly you will need to go on the back of the official title by checking out the informative guide on the DOR website.

For more information on how to sell your vehicle, check out our popular topic.

About the Author

A Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Blogger for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government.

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