For a fair and transparent transfer of ownership, it is essential that the terms of the transfer are adequately documented along with vital details such as the date of transaction, information regarding the buyer and seller, identifying information about the vehicle, and change of ownership.

In the state of Tennessee, the Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale is the legal document that serves as proof of the legal sale and purchase of a motor vehicle. As it is a state-provided form, it does not require notarization unless otherwise specified by the stakeholders involved.

How to Register a Vehicle in Tennessee?

When you purchase a new vehicle in Tennessee, the first thing you should do is to register your vehicle. While the process is being completed, you may buy a temporary plate.

To proceed with the registration, you will need to visit your local Tennessee County Clerk’s Office with the following paperwork:

  • A genuine Certificate of Title, signed over by the seller.
  • An odometer disclosure statement if the concerned vehicle was less than ten years of age at the time of sale.
  • A valid form of identification.
  • You also need to provide proof of residency in Tennessee.
  • If you wish to retain the license plates of your previous vehicle, you will have to show its registration details.
  • In case the vehicle is a gift, the Tennessee Affidavit of Non-Dealer Transfers of Motor Vehicles and Boats will have to be submitted.
  • An emissions inspection, if applicable. You will have to check with your county clerk regarding this before registration.
  • Registration fees.

What Is Included In a Tennessee Vehicle Bill of Sale?

A typical Tennessee Vehicle Bill of sales has the following fields that are needed to be filled.

  • Buyer’s Information: name and address.
  • Seller’s Information: name and address.
  • Vehicle Description:date of sale, make, model.
  • Trade-in Information (if any).
  • Sale Information: selling price, less the trade-in amount (if any).
  • Signatures.

How to Transfer a Car Title in Tennessee?

In the state of Tennessee, transfer of the ownership of a vehicle must be accompanied by the transfer of title from the previous owner to the new owner. This applies not only to vehicle purchase, but also to gifting, donating, and inheriting a vehicle.

There are several steps that the parties involved must take.

If You Are Buying a Vehicle in Tennessee

  • Ensure that all personal information provided by the seller on the back of the title is complete and correct.
  • Check that the seller provides you with an Odometer Disclosure Statement and a lien release.
  • Confirm that you have proof of residency and identity.
  • Also, check that you have all the required documents along with the requisite fee.

If You Are Selling a Vehicle in Tennessee

  • Completely fill in the requirements at the back of the title.
  • Give the buyer a lien release and Odometer Disclosure Statement.
  • Work with the buyer to complete the documentation required for the transfer of vehicle ownership.

If You Are Gifting or Inheriting Vehicle in Tennessee

The only difference in a car gift is that it does not have any applicable sales tax, but the giver and the recipient must follow the rest of the process outlined above. For inherited cars, the original title must be signed by either a court-appointed administrator or the estate executor.

The inheritor must provide the original title and either a copy of the will or the letters of testamentary and an Affidavit of Inheritance along with a copy of the death certificate and Odometer Disclosure Statement if a will was never written.

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