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Delaware Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale

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Delaware Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale

Updated August 16, 2023

A Delaware vehicle bill of sale is a legal document that is provided by a seller to a buyer to prove the purchase of a motor vehicle. This document outlines that a legal transaction has taken place and will be required to register a vehicle with the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

A bill of sale has no signing requirements, but it is recommended for the buyer and seller to sign, and notarization is optional but recommended.

Odometer Disclosure Statement (Federal Form) – Applies to non-self-propelled vehicles less than 16,000 lbs and under ten (10) years old.

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Registering a Vehicle

When purchasing a vehicle from a private seller, owners have thirty (30) days to register the car. Cars purchased from dealers will normally go through an automatic registration process, but owners should confirm with the dealership. New residents relocating to the state have sixty (60) days to register their motor vehicle.[1] In either case, the registration is good for either one (1) or two (2) years. Renewals may be completed online at Delaware’s MyDMV online portal.

Where to Register

To register a vehicle, visit a local DMV location.

Required Documents


  1. Delaware DMV: Guidelines for New Residents
  2. Delaware DMV: Fees