Florida Vehicle Titles

Instructions for Signing a Vehicle Title in Florida When Selling Private Party

Selling a vehicle privately in Florida requires specific steps to ensure a smooth transfer of ownership. It is essential to properly sign the vehicle title and, in some cases, complete a Bill of Sale. The following instructions will guide you through the process:

1. Make sure you have the correct title: Ensure that the title is free of any liens or outstanding loans. If there are any discrepancies or issues with the title, resolve them before proceeding with the sale.

2. Review the information on the title: Check the accuracy of the information on the title, including the vehicle identification number (VIN), make, model, year, and odometer reading. Report any incorrect information to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) before proceeding.

3. Locate the seller information section: On the back of the title, find the section designated for the seller. Typically, it is labeled “Transfer of Title by Seller” or something similar. This section will include spaces for the seller’s printed name, signature, and address.

4. Sign as the seller: As the seller, sign your name exactly as it appears on the front of the title. Make sure to sign within the designated signature box or line.

5. Print your name: Below or beside your signature, print your name legibly.

6. Provide your current address: Write your complete current address, including the street, city, state, and zip code, in the space provided.

7. Complete the odometer disclosure: If the vehicle is less than ten years old, you must disclose the accurate mileage on the title. Failure to do so may result in penalties. Fill in the odometer reading in the appropriate space. Note that both the buyer and seller need to sign this section.

8. Complete a Bill of Sale: While not mandatory, it’s highly recommended to complete a Bill of Sale. This document ensures a clear record of the transaction for both parties. Include relevant information such as the vehicle’s year, make, model, VIN, sale price, and the names, addresses, and signatures of both the buyer and seller.

9. Keep a copy for your records: Make a copy of the signed title and the completed Bill of Sale for your records. It’s crucial to have proof of the transaction in case of any future disputes.

10. Notify the DHSMV of the sale: As the seller, it is your responsibility to contact the DHSMV within 30 days of the sale to protect yourself from any potential liability that may arise after the transfer of ownership.

Remember, these instructions provide a general guideline for signing a vehicle title when selling privately in Florida. State requirements may vary, so always refer to the Florida DHSMV website or seek legal advice if you have any specific concerns or questions.

Florida Department of Motor Vehicles