Free California Bill of Sale

Sample California Bill of Sale

Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale

IN CONSIDERATION of ______________________ of ________________________ (the 'Purchaser') providing $_____________USD, which includes all sales taxes (the 'Purchase Price'), the receipt and sufficiency of which consideration is hereby acknowledged to ______________________ of ________________________ (the 'Seller'), the Seller SELLS AND DELIVERS the Motor Vehicle to the Purchaser.

PURCHASE PRICE: The Purchaser will pay the Purchase Price to the Seller by Bank Draft.

MOTOR VEHICLE: The Seller will sell and deliver to the Purchaser the following motor vehicle (the Motor Vehicle):

  • Make: ________________________
  • Model: ________________________
  • Year: ________________________
  • Body Type: ________________________
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN): ________________________
  • Odometer Reading: ________________________ miles

WARRANTIES: The Seller warrants that the Motor Vehicle is free of any liens and encumbrances except the Security Interest and that the Seller is the legal owner of the Motor Vehicle. The Seller also warrants that the Seller has the full right and authority to sell and deliver the Motor Vehicle and that the Seller will defend the title of the Motor Vehicle against any and all claims and demands except the Security Interest.

'AS IS' CONDITION: The Purchaser acknowledges that the Motor Vehicle is sold 'as is'. The Seller expressly disclaims any implied warranty as to fitness for a particular purpose and any implied warranty as to merchantability. The Seller expressly disclaims any expressed or other implied warranties.

WORKING ORDER: Any warranty as to the condition or working order of the Motor Vehicle is expressly disclaimed by the Seller.

MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY: Any disclaimer of warranties by the Seller in this Bill of Sale will not in any way affect the terms of any applicable warranties from the manufacturer of the Motor Vehicle.

LIABILITIES: The Seller does not assume, nor does the Seller authorize any other person on the behalf of the Seller to assume, any liability in connection with the sale or delivery of the Motor Vehicle.

INSPECTION: The Purchaser accepts the Motor Vehicle in its existing condition given that the Purchaser has either inspected the Motor Vehicle or was given the opportunity to inspect the Motor Vehicle but chose to not inspect it.

GOVERNING LAW: This Bill of Sale will be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the State of California.

SIGNED, SEALED, AND DELIVERED this ____________________, _______ in the presence of:




Federal and State Law requires that the Seller state the Mileage upon transfer of ownership. Failure to complete or providing an inaccurate or untruthful statement may result in fines and/or imprisonment.

Odometer Disclosure Statement

I , ______________________ of ________________________ (the 'Seller'), STATE AND DECLARE that the odometer of the following vehicle (the 'Motor Vehicle') reads as follows:

  • Make: ________________________
  • Model: ________________________
  • Year: ________________________
  • Current Odometer Reading: ________________________ miles

  • Body Type: ________________________
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN): ________________________

We CERTIFY that to the best of our knowledge the odometer reading as stated above is actual mileage in excess of odometer’s mechanical limits.

this ____________________, _______ in the presence of:


Seller: ______________________
Address: ________________________


Receipt of original copy
is hereby acknowledged by


Purchaser: ______________________
Address: ________________________


Bill of Sale California

You can never be too careful. And while it would seem like an extreme move to ask for or issue a document serving as proof of a trade or a financial transaction, we recommend doing it anyway. Since it’s common for people within the state of California to lose property legally purchased or to be incarcerated for a wrong whose burden would have fallen on the shoulders of another person, it’s only fair, safe and just for you to be under the protection of a legally recognized document. We call this document: a bill of sale.

A bill of sale, also called a BOS refers to a legal written record documenting the change of ownership from a seller to a buyer. While filling in your free California bill of sale, you’ll have to give details of the item(s) traded or gifted, just as you would in other states. And like the other states, you will come across different types of BOS. The bill of sale serves different purposes and is specific to different items. But, unlike the other states, the state of California requires the use of BOS as proof for purchases over $500.00. It’s also a requirement for ownership transfer through a state agency and an essential part of record keeping in the sale of personal property.

So, which bill of sale should you be aware of before filling out your free bill of sale form in California?

Motor Vehicle BOS California

If you intend on registering a newly purchased vehicle in the state of California, know that you’ll need a BOS for that vehicle. The BOS is one of the essential documents for registration, and you’ll also have to register the vehicle 30 days after buying it.

  • As an essential document to the seller and the buyer, here are some of the things which should be in the BOS.

    • The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)

    • Vehicle’s model and make

    • Year

    • Vehicle’s License Plate Number

    • The name of the buyer and the seller in print form

    • The buying price of the vehicle

    • The date of purchase for the vehicle

    • Seller’s signature

    • And, if the vehicle is given as a gift, the state of California requires that you mention the type of relationship between the giver and the receiver

    • The vehicle’s dollar value.

Unlike other states, the motor vehicle bill of sale in California goes to a specific registry which keeps specific information about the buyer and the seller. This information includes the names of the parties involved, their mailing addresses, and phone contacts. For the seller, the state identification number, driver’s license number, or the dealer’s number should be included.

Why all this information?

Well, the seller needs this document for record keeping. The buyer needs it as solid proof of purchase. A buyer could also use it to register their newly purchased vehicle as it helps with the determination of the Vehicle License Fee by the DMV. The latter is essential because, in its absence, the DMV uses the approximate value of the vehicle and this may be higher than the car’s actual value.

Bill of sale for junk vehicles

Dismantled vehicles from wreckages or abandonment could be rebuilt or repaired then sold. If you want to sell a vehicle you dismantled and repaired; you’ll have to issue a junk receipt or a dismantler's acquisition number: the proof of ownership. This dismantler's acquisition number will be necessary when you’re re-registering the reassembled or the rebuilt vehicle.

California Boat BOS

If you’re selling a boat, you’ll need a document to prove that you are giving someone else ownership of the boat. This BOS has details like the vessel’s identification number, the year of manufacturing, model, make, as well as the CF Number.

The name of the seller and the buyer is necessary, the price of the boat, and the date of the sale. A notation of relationship is crucial if you are giving away the boat as a gift.

As you get close to closing the deal, you’ll need signatures of both parties, contact phone numbers, printed names, and mailing addresses. The seller’s dealer’s number or the driver’s license number, and the state identification number are also necessary. As a buyer, don’t forget to make extra copies because the state will need a copy during registration.

California Guns BOS

After finding a registered firearms dealer, and as long as you are at least 21 years old and with the state’s ID, you can buy a gun. A BOS will make you the legal owner of the gun.

For transfer of ownership, the BOS form requires details like the buyer’s and the seller’s name, driver’s license number, and the physical address. It also needs the serial number, make, caliber, and type of gun. The price written in words and numbers is also essential. The date for purchase and completion of payment is also necessary as is a description of trade (if any).

Lastly, the BOS must have buyer and seller disclosures to be read and agreed upon before the document’s signing with witnesses present, and notarization. All names and signatures should be in print.

  • Other conditions include

    • Proof of residence in California for a minimum of 90 days

    • You have the get a handgun safety certificate unless you’re exempted; it’s valid for 5 years

    • Proof of mortgage or residential lease

    • A fee of $25

Which BOS are you looking for? Our bill of sale forms available for free online will ensure that you start the purchase of that coveted item today.


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