Washington D.C. Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale Form

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Updated March 09, 2022

Washington D.C. vehicle bill of sale is a legal document used as proof that ownership of a motor vehicle has been transferred between parties. The bill of sale functions as a receipt for a vehicle.

Odometer Disclosure Statement – If the vehicle being registered is new, an odometer statement should be obtained from the dealer. If it’s used, the odometer mileage should be included on the back of the title or, if the vehicle was purchased from a dealer, on the dealer reassignment form.

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Registering a Vehicle

Per district law, a vehicle housed and operated in the district must be registered within sixty (60) days and its primary owner must be a resident of Washington D.C. If someone needs to register a vehicle and holds a driver’s license from another state, s/he should apply for a D.C. driver’s license first. An application for a D.C. license can be located here. To register a vehicle in Washington D.C., bring not only a Bill of Sale but also original copies of the documents listed below, to a branch of the D.C. DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles).

Where to Register

Register a vehicle at a branch of the D.C. DMV. A list of all locations can be located here.

Required Documents

  • Bill of Sale;
  • Current Title or Certificate of Origin;
    • If the title has been altered, the seller will need to apply for a new one. This can be done online or documents and payment can be mailed to DC DMV, PO Box 90120, Washington DC 20090. It will take 7-10 business days to process the new title.
  • Valid D.C. Photo Identification;
  • Proof of Inspection by DMV;
    • To get a vehicle inspected, drive it into the DMV Inspection Station and wait in line. Vehicles are inspected in the order in which they arrive. For vehicles with model years newer than 2005 and vehicles that were previously inspected by the DC DMV, there is a Self-Service Vehicle Emissions Inspection Kiosk located at the Takoma Recreation Center on 300 Van Buren Street, NW, Washington DC 20012.
    • Personal vehicle inspection is valid for two (2) years
    • Commercial vehicle inspection is valid for one (1) year
  • Proof of Insurance; the district’s minimum insurance requirements are:
    • $10,000 for property damage
    • $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident for third party liability
    • $5,000 subject to $200 deductible for uninsured motorist property damage
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement for a new car and certification of odometer mileage on back of title for a used car;
  • Registration Fees;
    • An estimate of what it will cost to register a car can be located here.
  • A Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Form, if an agent is registering a car on behalf of someone else.