Ever so often the ownership of an article is transferred from one person to another. A legal deed is almost always drawn between the seller of the article and the buyer to officiate the transfer.

To ensure a fair and clear transfer of ownership, it is important that the terms of transfer of ownership are documented appropriately.

The vehicle bill of sale transfers the ownership of a vehicle and may also serve as a basic agreement and sales receipt. The official that serves as the proof sale of a motor vehicle in the state of Arizona, is called the Arizona vehicle bill of sale.

How to Register a Vehicle in Arizona?

A vehicle must be properly registered for you to be able to drive it on the roads of Arizona state. According to Arizona state law, the vehicle must be registered within 15 days of the purchase. If your registration has not yet been completed, you can buy a 3-day permit for a small fee.

You will be required to visit your local Arizona MVD Office, in person, to initiate the registration process for your vehicle. If you purchased the vehicle from a dealer or dealership, your dealer could submit the documents for registration of your behalf.

If you are doing the registration on your own, you will need to present the following documents to the MVD officer:

  • Sold Notice completed and sent to Arizona State within 10 days of a sale.
  • A valid car insurance that complies with Arizona’s coverage requirements.
  • A bill of sale.
  • A document stating that the Emissions test performed at one of the state Emissions testing locations was passed, if you are a resident, or a resident to be of either Phoenix or Tucson, and the vehicle is older than 5 years.
  • Proof of identification.
  • A valid photo I.D.
  • A Title (Proof of ownership) signed to you. If you have lost the title or it was stolen, you will have to complete the Arizona Title and Registration Form.
  • Be prepared to make the following payments: $8 registration fee and $4 title fee.

What Is Included In an Arizona Vehicle Bill of Sale?

The following fields are required by a typical Arizona Vehicle Bill of sale.

Vehicle Information

  • Year
  • Make
  • Body Style
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN#)
  • Date of sale
  • Sale Price

Buyer’s and Seller’s Information

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Mailing Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code
  • Driver License Number

Notary Section

  • Date
  • County
  • State
  • Commission Expiry date
  • Notary/MVD Agent Signature

How to Sell a Car in Arizona?

The state of Arizona has a set of rules and regulations surrounding the transfer of ownership of a vehicle that intends to protect both the buyer and the seller. Before selling a car in Arizona it is advised that you are well versed with the procedure.

As a seller you should:

Sign the Title Over to the Buyer

In the state of Arizona, it is mandatory to have the title notarized. If there is more than one owner or more than one name on the title, both owners need to sign the title and have it notarized.

Make Sure You Have the Original Title

In case you have lost it or it is damaged you must get a duplicate car title. You can do so by filling out a Title and Registration form with the checkbox for duplicate title ticked and dropping it at your nearest MVD-authorized third-party office.

In case you applied for a duplicate because the original was damaged you are required to bring the original title along with you.

  • Provide the buyer with a lien release, if applicable.
  • Take off the license plate from the vehicle. If you want to transfer the license plate to another vehicle you own or return it to the MVD office. You can also destroy the license plate. You may be able to get it refunded as well.
  • Sign the notice of sale and get the signature notarized, within 10 days of sale. The notice of sale is on the back of the vehicle registration. The sold notice is of crucial importance as it can help protect you from liability if the car was used during a crime, involved in a crash, got a ticket, or was abandoned.

All of the steps mentioned above must be taken care of within 30 days of sale.

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A comprehensive Arizona vehicle bill of sale includes important information such as the relevant details of the buyer and seller, date of transaction, and the vehicle identification information. Having a proper one can save you from a lot of trouble during a vehicle transaction. You can get a comprehensive template from CocoSign’s library.


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