An Arizona vehicle bill of sale (ADOT Form 48-2004) is a legal document that records ownership of a motor vehicle. It is used when a vehicle seller transfers ownership to the buyer for a price.
In Arizona, you are not required to have a vehicle bill of sale to transfer the title between two private parties. Alternatively, the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) requires a vehicle bill of sale for sales at dealerships and out-of-state transfers. However, it’s good to have a bill of sale in case any disputes arise as to the rightful owner of the vehicle.
The seller must sign the bill of sale document in the presence of a notary public or an agent from the MVD. The notary information and seal must be evidenced on the bill of sale.
You will also need to fill out an Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form MVT 5-5) and attach it to the bill of sale if the vehicle is newer than 2011, under 16,000 pounds, and self-propelled.
If you reside in Arizona, you must register your vehicle with the Motor Vehicle Division within 15 days of purchase. This registration will be valid for one, two, or five years, depending on the type of car.
If a vehicle is already registered in another state and you plan to use it in Arizona, you must register it as soon as you establish residency in Arizona.
Where to Register Your Vehicle
Documents Required by the DMV Office
The following list shows the documents the DMV Office requires to register your vehicle in Arizona.
- Proof of identification
- Bill of sale
- Title and Registration Application (Form 96-0236)
- Insurance documents – The state of Arizona has minimum vehicle insurance requirements
- $25,000 for bodily injury liability (for one person)
- $50,000 for bodily injury liability (for two or more persons)
- $15,000 for property damage
- Registration fees
There are three last things to note. First, know that if someone else will be representing you at the DMV, you must give them signed proof of power of attorney.
Second, the seller must also complete the Sold Notice (Form 46-8502) when they sell or transfer ownership of their vehicle. This form must be sent to the state of Arizona no more than 10 days after a sale.
If you are located in the cities of Phoenix or Tucson, in addition to these above documents, you must also have an emissions test performed at an approved testing location.
Arizona Vehicle Bill of Sale Sample
You can create your own Arizona vehicle bill of sale. Download a free template below.