Vermont Vehicle Titles

How to Sign a Vehicle Title in Vermont for a Private Party Sale

Selling a vehicle privately in Vermont requires properly signing the vehicle title to transfer ownership. Here are the detailed instructions on how to do it:

Materials Needed:

– Vehicle title

– Vermont Bill of Sale (optional but recommended)

Step 1: Locate the Vehicle Title

Find the original vehicle title for the vehicle you are selling. The title should be in your possession and should not contain any clerical errors or alterations. If it does, contact the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for a replacement title before proceeding.

Step 2: Prepare the Vehicle Title

Fill out the necessary information on the back of the title. You will need to include:

– Seller’s full legal name and address: Write your full name and your complete address where you currently reside.

– Buyer’s full legal name and address: Write the full name and complete address of the person purchasing the vehicle from you.

– Odometer reading: Accurately record the current mileage of the vehicle.

– Date of sale: Write the exact date the sale is taking place.

Step 3: Seller’s Signature

As the seller, you will need to sign the title to release ownership. Sign your name exactly as it appears on the front of the title. The signature must be in the designated “Seller’s/Seller’s Agent Signature” section on the back of the title.

Step 4: Buyer’s Signature

The buyer should not sign the title until they receive the vehicle and complete the transaction. After ensuring all the information is correct, the buyer must sign their name in the designated “Buyer’s/Agent’s Signature” section on the back of the title.

Step 5: Vermont Bill of Sale (optional but recommended)

Though not required, it is strongly recommended to complete a Vermont Bill of Sale to document the transaction details. This document can serve as additional proof of the sale and help protect both the buyer and seller. Make sure to include all relevant information, including the vehicle’s make, model, year, VIN number, purchase price, date of sale, and both the buyer’s and seller’s names and addresses.

Step 6: Keep Copies for Your Records

Make copies of all documents, including the signed title and the completed Bill of Sale (if applicable), for your personal records. These copies will be helpful in case any issues or disputes arise in the future.

Step 7: Submit Documents to the Buyer

Give the signed vehicle title and the completed Bill of Sale (if applicable) to the buyer. It is the buyer’s responsibility to complete the necessary steps to transfer ownership and register the vehicle with the Vermont DMV.

Note: Make sure the buyer knows about their responsibilities, including registering the vehicle and obtaining new plates and a Vermont title.

Remember, these instructions are specific to private party vehicle sales in Vermont. If you have any additional questions or need further clarification, contact the Vermont DMV or consult an authorized representative.

Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles