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How to Get a Title on a Car With Only a Bill of Sale

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Buying a vehicle with a bill of sale but no title is a bit tricky when it comes to registering the vehicle, but it can be done. You just need to complete a few steps, including obtaining a bonded title, and then you can claim the car as your own.

What a Bill of Sale Means

A bill of sale is proof that you bought the car. It acts as a contract to transfer the vehicle to you as the new and rightful owner, says Nolo, an online legal resource. The bill of sale should show the seller’s name and address as well as the date the sale was concluded.

Meet Your State’s Requirements

Each state has different requirements for using a bill of sale to start the process of obtaining a title. For instance, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles says you must be a resident of the state or be stationed with the military in Texas to use your bill of sale to get a title.