Iowa Vehicle Titles

How to Sign a Vehicle Title in Iowa When Selling Private Party

In Iowa, when selling a vehicle privately, it is important to properly sign and transfer the vehicle title to the new owner. Here are the steps to easily complete the process:

1. Section 1 – Seller’s Information:

– On the front of the vehicle title, locate Section 1, titled “Seller Information.” Fill in the following details accurately:

– Seller’s full legal name (as shown on the title)

– Seller’s complete residential address (including city, state, and ZIP code)

– Seller’s contact phone number

2. Section 2 – Purchase Price and Date:

– In the same section, write the specific sale price of the vehicle in dollars, followed by the date of sale. Ensure both the price and date are clearly legible.

3. Section 3 – Buyer’s Information:

– If possible, it is recommended to fill in Section 3, titled “Buyer Information,” with the buyer’s details for added clarity. However, this step is not mandatory.

– If you decide to include buyer information:

– Obtain the buyer’s full legal name (as it appears on their ID)

– The buyer’s complete residential address (including city, state, and ZIP code)

– The buyer’s contact phone number

4. Seller’s Signature:

– On the front of the vehicle title, locate the section at the bottom titled “Seller’s Signature.”

– Sign the title exactly as your name is printed in Section 1.

– Ensure your signature is within the designated signature box and is legible.

– Use black or blue ink only.

5. Transferring the Title:

– Once you have completed the necessary signature, hand over the vehicle title to the buyer.

– Ensure the buyer also receives a signed and dated Bill of Sale, which can serve as additional proof of the transaction. Though not required by law, it is strongly recommended to have a Bill of Sale.

Remember, it is vital to inform the buyer about any known issues or defects regarding the vehicle you are selling. Honesty and transparency help ensure a smooth and satisfying transaction.

If you have any doubts or questions about the process, it is wise to consult the Iowa Department of Transportation or a legal professional for guidance.

Iowa Department of Motor Vehicles