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Tennessee Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale Form

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The Tennessee Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale is considered a legal document that proves the legal sale and purchase of a motor vehicle in the state of Tennessee. The form will provide information regarding the seller, the buyer, identifying information about the vehicle and change of ownership. This is a state-provided form and will therefore not require notarization unless otherwise specified by seller and buyer or the county clerk’s office at registration.

Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form RV-F1317001) – Required by the seller to complete in order to provide a written statement that the odometer has not been tampered, reset, or rolled-back.

Register a Vehicle in Tennessee

If you have purchased a vehicle and would like to use it on Tennessee roadways, it must be registered. You may purchase a temporary plate while the process is being completed.

Where to Register – You may gather your documentation and either drop it off for processing at one of your nearest County Clerk’s Locations or you may mail it to your local office.

Needed to Register – You must provide the following documentation and information:

  • A title signed over to you
  • A bill of sale
  • An odometer reading statement (if applicable)
  • Check with your county clerk’s office to see if you’re required to provide an emissions inspection before registration
  • If you are new to the state and will be registering your vehicle –
  • You will need to provide proof of identification
  • Proof of residency
  • Be prepared to pay all required registration fees

How to Write

Step 1 – Buyer’s Information – Buyer must provide the following:

  • First Name
  • Middle Initial
  • Last Name
  • Physical Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code

Step 2 – Seller’s Information – Seller must enter the following information:

  • First Name
  • Middle Initial
  • Last Name
  • Physical Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code

Step 3 – Boat Description – Provide the description of the vessel/boat:

  • Date of sale
  • Make of boat
  • Model
  • Year built
  • Length
  • Present number on the boat
  • Hull number (HIN)

Step 4 – Trade in Information (if any) – Enter this information only if applicable:

  • Make of Boat
  • Year Built
  • Model
  • Length
  • Present TN Number

Step 5 – Sale Information – Enter into the form as follows:

  • Selling Price
  • Less the trade in amount (if any)
  • Difference

Step 6 – Signatures – The parties must enter the following:

The Seller –

  • Seller’s Signature
  • Seller’s Printed Name

The Buyer –

  • Buyer’s Signature
  • Buyer’s Printed Name