All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Bill of Sale Form

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An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) bill of sale form validates the transfer of a four-wheeled utility vehicle from a seller (the previous owner) to a buyer (the new owner). ATVs can carry cargo, transport people, and tow property. Individuals can also use them leisurely when riding on trails and roadways. With a bill of sale form, the owner can show another person or entity that they rightfully purchased and acquired the vehicle. While not all states require this document, it is highly recommended since it has many uses. It serves as a record keeper of previous and current owners and also identifies the ATV’s make, model, and value if it is lost or stolen.

Summary

  • Owners must use their state-appropriate ATV bill of sale form (if required).
  • Some states require ATVs to have a registration and/or title (see laws).
  • West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland residents must have the form notarized.

ATV Bill of Sale: By State


Contents


What is an ATV Bill of Sale?

An ATV bill of sale is a document that is used to officially transfer the ownership of a four-wheeler. It proves that the buyer is the rightful owner of the ATV and has paid for it in full.

Completing and signing an ATV bill of sale is highly recommended for a few reasons. The form acts as a receipt as it shows how and when the sale occurred. It is needed for the titling and registering process in many states, as well.

The buyer can use the bill of sale to defend themselves if the following occur with the ATV:

  • After the sale occurs, the seller reports it as stolen.
  • It is discovered that the seller used it while engaging in illegal activity.
  • The seller still owes money on the loan or has debts associated with it.

Similarly, it protects the seller if the buyer causes damage or acts illegally with the ATV after the purchase, or if they are injured or die in an accident with it.


ATV Laws: By State

The chart below lists the locations of registration offices and requirements for having a bill of sale, registration, and title for an ATV. In addition, it contains the laws for each state concerning operating and owning.

STATE OFFICESBILL OF SALE REQUIRED?REGISTRATION REQUIRED?TITLE REQUIRED?LAWS
AlabamaNo**NoNo§§ 32-12A-1 to 32-12A-14
AlaskaYesNo*No§ 28.10.011
ArizonaNoNo*No*§§ 28-1171 to 28-1181
ArkansasYesYesYes§§ 27-20-201 to 27-20-208
CaliforniaYesYes***YesCVC 38020
ColoradoYesYesNo§§ 42-6-102 to 42-6-148
ConnecticutYesYesNo§§ 14-379 to 14-390m
DelawareYesYesNo§§ 101, 6801 to 6834, 8.1
FloridaYesNo*Yes§§ 317.0001 to 317.0018
GeorgiaNoNoNo§ 40-3-4
HawaiiNoNoNo§ 286-41
IdahoYesYesYesIC 67-7122
IllinoisYesNo*Yes625 ILCS 5/11-1426.1
IndianaNoYesYesIC 9-18.1-14
IowaYesNo*No****§§ 3211.1 to 3211.36
KansasNoNoNo§§ 8-101 to 8-1,203
KentuckyNoNoYes§ 189-515
LouisianaYesYesYesRS 32:299; 32:299.3
MaineNoNo*No§§ 13001 to 13160; 10651, 1-D to 10902, 10
MarylandYesNoYes§§ 08.01.03.01 to 08.01.03.12
MassachusettsYesYesNoCh. 90B §§ 20 to 35
MichiganNoNo*Yes§§ 324.81101 to 324.81151
MinnesotaYesYesNoMinn. Statutes 2021 
MississippiNoNoNo§§ 63-31-1, 63-31-3
MissouriNoYesYes§§ 304.001, 304.013
MontanaNoNo*No*§§ 23-2-801 to 23-2-825
NebraskaYesNo*Yes§§ 60-6,355 to 60-6,362
NevadaYesNo*YesNRS 490.010 to 490.520
New HampshireNoNo*No§ 215-A
New JerseyNoYesNo§§ 39:3C-1 to 39:3C-35
New MexicoNoNo*No*§§ 66-1-4.13 to 66-3-1003.1(A)
New YorkNo**YesNoArticle 48-C – (2400 – 2413) 
North CarolinaNoNo*No§§ 20-171.15 to 20-171.26
North DakotaNoNo*No§§ 39-29-01 to 39-29-12
OhioNoNo*Yes§§ 4519.01 to 4519.99
OklahomaNoYesNo§§ 710:60-3-140 to 710:60-3-142
OregonNoNoNo§§ 821.010 to 821.335
PennsylvaniaNoYesYes§§ 7701 to 7753
Rhode IslandYesYesNo§§ 31-3.2-1 to 31-3.2.11
South CarolinaNoNoNo§§ 56-19-1010, -1020, -1030, 50-26.
South DakotaYesNoYes§§ 32-20-1 to 32-20-20
TennesseeNoNoYes§ 55-3-101
TexasNoNoYes§§ 551A.001 to 551A.091
UtahYesYesYes§§ 41-22-5.1 to 41-6a-102
VermontYesYesYes23 V.S.A. §§ 3501 – 3518
VirginiaNoNoNo*****§§ 46.2-644.1 to 46.2-644.3
WashingtonYesNo*No*§§ 46.09.300 to 46.09.540
Washington D.C.NoNoNo§ 50-2201-04b
West VirginiaYesNo*Yes§§ 17F-1-1 to 17F-1-9
WisconsinNoYesNo§ 23.33
WyomingYesYesYes§§ 31-1-101 to 31-7-109

* = unless operated on public property.

** = unless purchased through a dealer.

*** = ID plate only.

**** = unless the ATV has a registration.

***** = unless it is a new ATV above 50 cc.


How to Write (5 Steps)

Follow the steps below to complete an ATV bill of sale.

Step One – Buyer + Seller Information

In the first section of the bill of sale (labeled “Buyer & Seller”), enter the date of the month, day, and year of the sale. In the following sections, write the name of the buyer and seller, as well as their address, phone number, and email.

Step Two – ATV Information

List the specific details of the ATV in the section called “ATV Info.” This includes the following information:

  • Make
  • Model
  • Year
  • Color
  • Odometer (Mileage)
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Step 3 – Payment Details

The “Payment” section outlines the exact details of the transaction. Enter the sale price ($) and check off the “Yes” or “No” box depending on whether or not taxes were paid. Indicate the method of payment used (i.e. cash, check, credit or debit card, or other) by selecting the box next to the correct option. If there are additional terms, list them on the line called “Additional Terms (Optional).”

Step 4 – Signature(s)

In the fourth section listed “Signatures”, the seller and buyer must sign, print their name, and date the form.

Step 5 – Notarization (Optional)

Notarization must be carried out by an authorized notary public. After they witness the buyer and seller sign, they stamp it physically or digitally. Since notarization is not required by each state, it is important to check local laws to check if it is needed.


Sample: ATV Bill of Sale

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