West Virginia 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 West Virginia motor vehicle/vessel bill of sale (Form DMV-7-TR) is a legal paper document that records the change of proprietorship of an automobile, including trailers, or a vessel in West Virginia. The purchaser and vendor will be identified on this document, as well as the car being sold and the conditions of the sale. This document, which has to be notarized, is normally needed for the registration process in the state.

Signature Requirements – The purchaser and the vendor have to put their autographs on the document, and it has to be authenticated.

Automobile registration

To run on West Virginia highways, all automobiles owned by West Virginia citizens have to be documented with the state's DMV. The merchant will usually file registration documents on the purchaser's behalf for cars bought from a dealership. However, private transactions and persons relocating to West Virginia with an automobile titled in a different state require the purchaser to take positive efforts in registering the vehicle. The Department of Motor Vehicle does not state how fast a purchaser has to register a car after its acquisition, but it is recommended to do so as soon as feasible. Based on the purchaser's preference and some features of the car, registration may be valid for a year or two. Renewals can be carried out virtually after you've registered.

Where do I register my automobile?

Automobile Documentation can be done at a West Virginia DOT office.

Documents Needed for Automobile Registration

  • A request for a motor vehicle's certificate of title (Form DMV-1-TR)

  • A bill of sale

  • An odometer disclosure declaration is required for automobiles that are below ten years old.

  • Evidence of auto insurance that satisfies the state's requirements Minimum conditions set forth by the Insurance Commissioner

    • A motorist who has been physically wounded is entitled to twenty-five thousand US in compensation.

    • Fifty thousand US dollars for every physical injury per clash

    • Twenty-five thousand US dollars for the destruction of properties. 

  • A valid driver's license or state Identity card.

  • All mandatory costs and taxes have to be paid. 

  • Motor vehicle power of attorney if someone is registering for the owner

  • Except the vehicle is relocated from a state having investigation reciprocality, evidence of inspection from the State's Police is required.

Vessel Registration

To run on West Virginia waters, all motorized vessels have to be registered, much like cars. Vessels must also be documented with the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. Although the DMV does not stipulate when a purchaser has to document a vessel after its acquisition, it is recommended to do so as soon as feasible. The registration period for boats is three years, and it can be renewed virtually.

Where Can I Register my vessel? 

You can register a vessel at a municipal Department of Motor Vehicle workspace or by mail.

Documents Needed for Vessel Registration

  • A bill of sale

  • Except the vessel is already titled in West Virginia, a completed Request for Certificate of Title of a Motorboat (Form MB-6) is required

  • If the vessel has been formerly owned, the current title signed over to the purchaser or, if the vessel has never been titled or comes from a region that does not title vessels, the prior holder's documentation statement is required.

  • A Hull Number Certification done by a state police agent is required for sales from states that do not title boats.

  • Remittance of all registration costs for Vessels with engines above three horsepower. The cost of registering a vessel varies based on its length and class.