South Dakota Vehicle Titles

Instructions for Signing a Vehicle Title in South Dakota (Private Party Sale)

Selling a vehicle in South Dakota involves signing the vehicle title correctly to transfer ownership from the seller to the buyer. Here are the steps you need to follow:

1. Locate the Vehicle Title: As the seller, find the original vehicle title associated with the vehicle being sold. Ensure that there are no liens or outstanding loans on the vehicle. If there is, you must resolve them before proceeding with the sale.

2. Complete the Seller’s Section: On the back of the title, look for the section labeled “Assignment of Title by Registered Owner.” Fill out the following information accurately and clearly:

a. Seller’s Printed Name: Print your full legal name.

b. Seller’s Address: Provide your complete residential address.

c. Seller’s Signature: Sign your name exactly as it appears on the front of the title.

d. Date of Sale: Write the date when the ownership transfer is taking place.

3. Provide the Odometer Reading: In the section titled “Odometer Disclosure Statement,” record the current mileage on the vehicle accurately. Both the seller and the buyer must sign this section to verify the mileage.

4. Prepare a Bill of Sale: While not required by law, it is highly recommended to complete a Bill of Sale, especially for your own records and to avoid any future disputes. It should include:

a. Full Legal Names and Addresses: Include the seller and buyer’s full names and residential addresses.

b. Vehicle Description: Provide details such as the make, model, year, VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), and license plate number.

c. Purchase Price: State the agreed upon purchase price for the vehicle.

d. Signatures: Both the seller and the buyer should sign the Bill of Sale.

5. Submit Required Forms to the DMV: As the seller, you need to visit your local South Dakota Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office to complete the ownership transfer. Bring the following documents with you:

a. Vehicle Title: Provide the signed and completed original vehicle title.

b. Bill of Sale: If you have prepared one, bring a copy for the DMV records.

c. Odometer Disclosure: The portion on the back of the title that both the buyer and seller have signed.

d. Vehicle Registration: Hand over the current vehicle registration card.

6. Pay Any Necessary Fees: At the DMV, you will need to pay the required fees to complete the transfer of ownership. The fees may vary based on the vehicle’s weight and other factors. Contact your local DMV for the precise information.

7. Keep Copies for Your Records: Make a copy of the completed vehicle title, Bill of Sale, and any other relevant documents for your personal records. It is essential to maintain a record of the transaction for future reference.

Remember, these instructions are provided as a general guide, and it is recommended to consult the South Dakota Department of Revenue or a legal professional for specific advice related to your situation.

South Dakota Department of Motor Vehicles