Idaho Vehicle Titles

Signing a Vehicle Title in Idaho for a Private Party Sale

When selling a vehicle privately in Idaho, it is important to follow the correct process for transferring the vehicle title. This ensures a smooth transition of ownership and protects both the seller and the buyer. Below are the factual instructions on how to sign a vehicle title in Idaho, including information about the need for a Bill of Sale.

1. Locate the Vehicle Title: As the seller, find the vehicle title for the vehicle you are selling. The title should be in your possession and must be free of any liens or encumbrances.

2. Complete the Seller’s Section: On the front of the title, locate the section labeled “Seller’s Printed Name” and “Seller’s Signature.” Fill in your full legal name in the “Seller’s Printed Name” field. Make sure to sign your name exactly as it is printed on the title in the “Seller’s Signature” field. Do not add any additional information or cross out any sections.

3. Enter the Purchase Price: Below the seller’s section, you will find a section to enter the purchase price of the vehicle. Write the agreed upon purchase price in this field. Ensure that the amount is clear and readable.

4. Fill in the Date: Next to the purchase price field, you will find a space to enter the date of sale. Write the date when the sale is occurring in the designated area. Make sure to use the correct format (e.g., mm/dd/yyyy).

5. Provide the Odometer Reading: On the front of the title, locate the section where the current odometer reading is required. Enter the actual number of miles on the vehicle’s odometer at the time of sale. Do not estimate or round up.

6. Complete the Buyer’s Section: Instruct the buyer to enter their full legal name in the “Buyer’s Printed Name” field. Additionally, they must sign their name in the “Buyer’s Signature” field. Remind them to sign exactly as it is printed on the title.

7. Bill of Sale: Although Idaho does not require a Bill of Sale for the transfer of a vehicle, it is highly recommended to create one to document the sale. A Bill of Sale helps protect both the seller and the buyer by capturing key information such as names, addresses, vehicle details, sale price, and warranties, if any. It is advisable to have two copies of the Bill of Sale, one for each party involved.

8. Keep a Copy for Your Records: As the seller, it is essential to make a copy of the signed vehicle title and any additional documents like the Bill of Sale for your records. This serves as proof of the transaction and can be used for future reference or potential disputes.

9. Submit the Transfer: After signing the title and completing the sale, the buyer must submit the necessary paperwork to the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to transfer ownership officially. They will need the signed title, a completed bill of sale (if applicable), and the appropriate fees for title transfer and registration.

Note: It is highly recommended to consult the Idaho Transportation Department or visit their website for the most up-to-date information and requirements regarding vehicle title transfers.

Remember, as a diligent seller, it is crucial to accurately complete and sign the vehicle title. Providing accurate information helps protect both parties from potential legal issues and ensures a smooth vehicle transfer process.

Idaho Department of Motor Vehicles