Indiana Vehicle Titles

Signing a Vehicle Title in Indiana – Private Party Sale

When selling a vehicle privately in Indiana, it is important to properly sign the vehicle title to transfer ownership. Here are the factual instructions on how to sign a vehicle title:

1. Seller’s Signature:

– The seller (current owner) must sign the title as the seller.

– Look for the “Seller’s Signature” or “Seller’s Printed Name/Signature” section on the front of the title.

– Sign your name exactly as it appears on the front of the title.

– Do not sign the title until you are in the presence of a notary public (step 3).

2. Seller’s Information:

– Fill in the required information on the front of the title, including the seller’s name, address, and date of sale.

– Ensure all information is accurate and legible.

3. Notarize the Title:

– Indiana requires notarization for vehicle title transfers.

– Once all the required fields are completed on the front of the title, go to a licensed notary public.

– Sign the title in the presence of the notary.

– The notary will verify your identity and apply their seal or stamp to the title.

– Notarization may come with a fee, so make sure to have some cash or payment method ready.

4. Bill of Sale:

– While a Bill of Sale is not required in Indiana, it is highly recommended to protect both the buyer and the seller.

– A Bill of Sale is a legally binding document that includes the selling price, vehicle information, and conditions of the sale.

– It can serve as additional proof of the transaction and provide documentation for the buyer’s registration process.

– Create a standard Bill of Sale or access an online template to accurately capture all essential information.

– Both the buyer and seller should keep a copy of the Bill of Sale for their records.

Remember, these instructions are specifically for private party sales in Indiana. If you encounter any unique situations or have specific questions, it is recommended to consult the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) or seek legal advice.

Note: This information is provided as a general guide and should not be considered legal advice. Always refer to the latest information from the Indiana BMV or consult legal professionals for specific concerns.

Indiana Department of Motor Vehicles