Iowa 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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The Iowa motor vehicle bill of sale form is a legal document that serves as proof of the lawful transaction that resulted in the change of ownership of a vehicle. It can be a purchase, sale, or trade between two or more parties. It includes details related to purchase price, the names of the parties involved, and other relevant details. It’s a required document in Iowa when attempting to register a newly purchased vehicle with the proper authorities. If it’s not available then the owner may not be able to register their new vehicle in their name. 

In addition to a bill of sale that has been signed by the buyer and seller and notarized by a notary public, there needs to be an odometer disclosure form for certain vehicles which is explained below. 

Vehicle registration in Iowa

An individual or entity that has purchased a vehicle must register it within thirty days of the date of the transaction. If they’re bringing a vehicle over to Iowa with the intention to establish residency then they must also register it within thirty days of moving. After the initial registration, they’re required to renew it annually. The county treasurer will send out a notice about one month before the renewal date and the process can be completed by using the online portal

Forms required for vehicle registration

  • A duly completed vehicle bill of sale

  • An odometer disclosure statement for vehicles under 16,000 pounds and newer than 20 years. 

  • A duly completed application for a certificate of title and registration for a vehicle 

  • For vehicles 8 years old and younger, a damage disclosure form is required 

  • A certificate of title that has been signed over to the new owner 

  • A driver’s license that’s valid in Iowa

  • The fees associated with registration 

  • Insurance proof that meets the mandatory minimums 

  • If someone will be registering the vehicle on behalf of the owner, a motor vehicle power of attorney is needed.