Tennessee Vehicle Bill of Sale
A Bill of Sale is a legal document that provides evidence of the transfer of ownership for a specific item or property. It includes transaction details such as the names and addresses of the buyer and seller, item description, condition (if relevant), sale price, and any warranties or guarantees.
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A Tennessee motor vehicle bill of sale documents the legal transaction and proprietorship transfer of a motor vehicle between private individuals or entities. If the transaction is between private individuals or entities, the bill should be signed after the purchaser has taken ownership of the vehicle and the vendor has gotten the payment. Except when the vendor and purchaser specify otherwise, or the clerk of the county requests it, the bill of sale does not need to be notarized.

The vendor is mandated to file an Odometer Disclosure Certification (Form RV-F1317001) to give a written statement that the odometer has not been tampered with, reset, or rolled back.

Signature Requirements - Both the purchaser and the vendor have to sign.

Automobile Registration

Any vehicle driven on Tennessee highways that are possessed by a Tennessee citizen has to be documented. Because some counties, however not all, mandates emissions testing for cars, and title will be supplied by the clerk's office in the purchaser's county of residence after the car has been inspected, the state does not state how long after acquiring a car the holder has to register it. While the process is being finalized, you can purchase a temporary plate. The duration of a registration period varies by county as well. Renewals can be completed virtually, by mail, or physically.

Where Should I Register?

The buyer may gather required papers and either go to one of your local County Clerk's Offices to tender it and other documents for processing or send it to the clerk's office.

Documents Needed

  • A purchaser's title has been signed over.

    • The manufacturer's statement of origin is required for brand new automobiles.

  • a bill of sale

  • Disclosure Statement for Odometers (Form RV-F1317001)

  • A certificate of emissions inspection from the Division of Environment and Conservation is necessary if the purchaser lives in a county where it is mandatory.

  • A Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney is required if the car is leased.

  • A Certificate of proprietorship is required for automobiles older than thirty years and worth below three thousand US dollars.

  • Evidence of insurance that meets the state's minimum demands:

    • A twenty-five thousand US dollars for each accident wound or demise.

    • Fifty thousand US dollars for total injuries or fatalities in a single accident.

    • In the event of an accident, fifteen thousand US dollars is given for belongings destruction. 

  • A copy of the existing registration is required when changing an existing license plate to a car for a car that is newly acquired.

  • Make sure you have enough money to pay all of the mandated documentation costs.