Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale Form

A Pennsylvania motor vehicle bill of sale is a document that records the sale and transfer of ownership of a vehicle from a seller to the buyer. A bill of sale is not legally required for registering the vehicle in the buyer’s name, however, it provides a certain level of liability protection.

Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale Form

A Pennsylvania motor vehicle bill of sale is a document that records the sale and transfer of ownership of a vehicle from a seller to the buyer. A bill of sale is not legally required for registering the vehicle in the buyer’s name, however, it provides a certain level of liability protection.

Last updated February 20th, 2024

A Pennsylvania motor vehicle bill of sale is a document that records the sale and transfer of ownership of a vehicle from a seller to the buyer. A bill of sale is not legally required for registering the vehicle in the buyer’s name, however, it provides a certain level of liability protection.

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How to Register (5 steps)

To register a vehicle after a private sale, the buyer must have the vehicle title put in their name. An application for title transfer must be made within 20 days of receiving the title from the seller.[1]

1. Gather Documents

The following documents are required to transfer title and register a recently-purchased vehicle:

  • Accepted ID (for both buyer and seller)
  • Certificate of Title
  • The buyer’s proof of vehicle insurance[2]

2. Sign Certificate of Title

The seller and buyer must sign the vehicle’s Certificate of Title, with the seller assigning ownership to the buyer and disclosing the vehicle’s odometer reading in the spaces provided, and have their signatures notarized.[3]

The notarial officer will require photo IDs to identify the parties.

3. Bring Documents to PennDOT Agent

To complete the title transfer and new registration, the seller must bring the notarized Certificate of Title and proof of insurance to an authorized Department of Transport (PennDOT) agent.

The agent will have the buyer complete Form MV-4ST (only available from authorized PennDOT agents) to apply for vehicle registration and determine the sales tax and fees due.[4]

Form MV-3 must also be completed if the vehicle was sold for 80% less than the fair market value.

4. Pay Sales Tax and Fees

The buyer will be required to pay the agent 6% sales tax on the vehicle plus transfer and registration fees (see fee schedule).[5] Upon confirmation, the registration process will be complete.

5. Remove Registration Plate

After completing the title transfer, the seller must remove the vehicle’s license plate. The plate should be returned to the State Bureau of Motor Vehicles at the address below unless the seller plans to transfer it to another vehicle.

Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Return Tag Unit
1st Floor, 1101 South Front Street
Harrisburg, PA, 17104