Illinois Vehicle Titles

Instructions for Signing a Vehicle Title in Illinois

When selling a vehicle privately in Illinois, it is important to correctly sign the title to transfer ownership to the buyer. Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to sign a vehicle title in Illinois:

1. Fill out the necessary information: As the seller, you must accurately complete the “Assignment of Title” section on the back of the vehicle title. This includes providing the buyer’s name, address, date of sale, and sale price. Make sure to write legibly using black or blue ink.

2. Provide your signature: Sign your name exactly as it appears on the front of the title. If two or more owners are listed, all parties must sign the title. Ensure your signature matches any printed names or signatures on the front of the title.

3. Review the odometer reading: If the vehicle is less than ten years old and weighs under 16,000 pounds, you must disclose the current odometer reading accurately. This is done by filling in the “Odometer Disclosure Statement” on the back of the title.

Optional but recommended additional steps:

4. Complete a Bill of Sale: Although not required by the Illinois Secretary of State, it is highly recommended to create a Bill of Sale. This document serves as a written agreement between the buyer and seller and provides proof of purchase. The Bill of Sale should include the vehicle’s make, model, year, VIN, sale price, and both the buyer’s and seller’s names and signatures. You can find templates for a Bill of Sale online.

5. Provide a lien release, if applicable: In case there is an existing lien on the vehicle, obtain a lien release from the lienholder before selling the vehicle. This document states that the lien is satisfied and allows for a clear title transfer.

Once you have followed these instructions and completed the necessary steps, the buyer will be able to take the signed title, along with any other required documents, to the Secretary of State’s office to finalize the transfer of ownership.

Remember, it is crucial to consult the Illinois Secretary of State or visit their official website for the most up-to-date information and any additional requirements or procedures specific to your situation.

Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles