INSTRUCTIONS FOR SELLING A VEHICLE
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Before you sell a vehicle in Wisconsin, you must have a title in your name, even if you have never driven the
vehicle. If you have lost your title, contact the Division of Motor Vehicles to obtain a replacement.
Never sign your title or give it to anyone until you have been paid for the vehicle.
Once you have sold your vehicle, you must do the following:
! Sign and date the title in the area for the signature of the selling owner or owners. If the title shows more than
one owner and the names are separated by the word “and”, all owners shown must sign. If the word “or”
separates the names, any of the owners shown may sign.
! Fill in the vehicle odometer mileage statement on the title. This is required under federal law.
! Complete the brand disclosure area on the title (if applicable).
! Fill in the selling price on the title. The Department of Revenue checks titles and investigates suspiciously low
! Fill in the name and address of the buyer or buyers on the title.
! If you owe money for your vehicle, pay off the loan. Provide the buyer with a lien release document from your lien
holder; the buyer will need this to title the vehicle.
! Remove the license plates from the vehicle. If the vehicle is a truck registered at 10,000 pounds or more, a farm
truck registered at 16,000 pounds or more, a moped, a trailer or a mobile home, the license plates stay with the
vehicle and do not need to be removed.
Additional information from the WisDOT, Division of Motor Vehicles is available by calling 608-266-1466 or on our
Use the form below to maintain a record of vehicle sale for your convenience only. Do not submit this to DMV.