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Bill of Sale Requirements Changing
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Posted on Monday December 09, 2019
Effective January 1, 2020, the Carroll County Treasurer’s Office will require customers to provide a bill of sale when transferring all motor vehicle titles between private parties. A bill of sale or purchase agreement is already required for vehicles purchased from a dealership.

The Iowa State County Treasurer’s Association (ISCTA), in partnership with the Iowa Department of Revenue (IDOR), aims to substantiate the purchase price of every vehicle transferred in Iowa.  This has a direct impact on the fees that are remitted to the State’s Road Use Tax fund.

The ISCTA Executive Board has encouraged all 99 counties to proactively require a bill of sale to be completed by both the seller and the buyer in advance of any administrative mandate.

Many counties already require a bill of sale between private parties and are allowed to do so pursuant to section 321.13 of the Iowa Code. Carroll County will join other counties and require a bill of sale for every vehicle transfer effective January 1, 2020. The bill of sale should include the seller’s name, make of the vehicle, year of the vehicle, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), buyer’s name, date of sale, purchase price, and signature of seller. 

A bill of sale form is available at the Carroll County Treasurer’s Office or at Bill of Sale Form