Kentucky Bill of Sale

When you need to buy or sell high-value items, like a vehicle, in Kentucky, a bill of sale can add legal protections for buyers and sellers. Learn more about how to fill out and use a bill of sale in Kentucky.

Kentucky Bill of Sale Forms by Type

Important Terms for a Bill of Sale

  • Property Location: This section lists the address or other coordinates of the property being sold on a bill of sale.
  • Seller: The contact information, such as name and address, of the person or party transferring ownership of a property in exchange for some value.
  • Buyer: The contact information, such as name and address, of the person receiving ownership of the sold property.
  • VIN: A unique identification number assigned to a motor vehicle when it is manufactured. This number is often printed inside the door frame, although the location can vary depending on when a vehicle was made.
  • Property: This section describes the property being transferred and any special conditions that apply. This is where the make, model, year, VIN, odometer reading, and other identifying information are listed for vehicles.
  • Witness Information: This section includes information about any witnesses to the signing of the bill of sale. 
  • As-Is: When a buyer agrees to purchase an item “as-is,” they agree to purchase the property in its current state at the time of sale with no guarantee or warranty.
  • Gift: When a property is gifted, there can be tax implications for the buyer in the following year. This rule of thumb mostly applies to vehicles and other large purchases.
  • Certification/Signature: The buyer and seller must sign and date the bill of sale to finalize the transaction. Signatures can be made in person or digitally, through a certified digital signature provider. PandaDoc documents allow users to gather legal digital signatures.

1. Kentucky Bill of Sale Requirements

The Commonwealth of Kentucky does not require a completed bill of sale to register a vehicle in most cases. Kentucky has unique requirements for bills of sale used for the sale of horses. For most other sales between two private parties, you will not need an official bill of sale.

Why Use A Bill of Sale?

It’s a good idea to fill out this form even when it isn’t required by state law. It officially documents ownership and transfer of the property and can serve as a receipt of the transaction, providing protections to both buyer and seller. Filling in the form can add transparency to the transaction, giving both parties peace of mind. 

Additional Considerations

Language Requirements

Kentucky does not provide bills of sale in languages other than English. Since the state does not provide translators, you’ll need to find your own interpreter if you are not fluent in the English language.

Buyers and sellers can complete a bill of sale in another language as long as both parties understand their individual copy of the document.

Number of Copies

In circumstances where you are required to provide a bill of sale, you must provide a notarized copy to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It’s always a good idea to make copies of bills of sale for buyers and sellers, as well. 

Junk Vehicles

To obtain a rebuilt vehicle title for a junked vehicle in Kentucky, a bill of sale and the seller section of form TC 96-182 must be completed and notarized. You will need a rebuilt title to register the vehicle in Kentucky.

After Purchasing a Vehicle

Once a transaction is complete, the vehicle will need to be registered in the buyer’s name. Each party has a role to play in completing this process.

For Sellers

In Kentucky, the seller must sign the title over to the new owner by filling in fields on the back of the title. The title must include the odometer reading at the time of the sale and the purchase price.

For Buyers

Buyers have 15 days to register a new vehicle in Kentucky. To complete registration, buyers must appear in person at their local county clerk’s office with:

  • A finalized bill of sale
  • A correctly transferred certificate of title. Any title distributed before February 2000 will require an Application for Kentucky Certificate of Title/Registration Form TC 96-182.
  • Proof of an active Kentucky auto insurance policy
  • The completed title, signed by previous owner with odometer reading, sales price, and valid seller’s signature
  • A copy of the current registration
  • Odometer disclosure, if the vehicle is less than ten years old
  • Fees for registration, title, and sales tax

2. Kentucky Car (Vehicle) Bill of Sale 

To register a vehicle in Kentucky, you are not required to provide a bill of sale. However, it is still a good idea for buyers and sellers to complete this form. A bill of sale can establish proof that the transaction has taken place and that the property has been transferred from the seller to the buyer. 

When you fill out a bill of sale for a vehicle in Kentucky, you should include basic information about the buyer and seller and descriptive information about the vehicle. Information you can list includes:

  • Contact information for buyer and seller
  • Vehicle make (manufacturer)
  • Model
  • Year
  • VIN
  • Color
  • Odometer reading

You can also have the bill of sale witnessed and stamped by a notary. This can provide additional peace of mind for both the buyer and the seller. 

3. Kentucky Boat Bill of Sale

While you are not required to provide a bill of sale to register a boat in the state of Kentucky, except in cases where a title is not available, you should still consider completing one. A boat bill of sale can help to establish ownership. When you fill out a boat bill of sale, you should include:

  • Buyer and seller contact information
  • Make or manufacturer
  • Year
  • Hull ID number
  • Registration number (if previously registered)
  • Odometer (hours)
  • Description of any included trailers or motors, including year, make and the motor’s horsepower

4. Kentucky Firearm Bill of Sale

Kentucky does not register firearms or require gun owners to be licensed unless they want to carry a concealed weapon. Still, when buying or selling a gun in Kentucky, you should complete a bill of sale and, ideally, have it notarized. The bill of sale can prove ownership of the gun later. A firearm bill of sale should include several pieces of information about the property and the sale:

  • Buyer and seller contact information
  • Caliber
  • Make
  • Model
  • Serial number
  • Any defects present
  • Purchase price
  • Description of accessories, such as a holster or case

5. Kentucky Horse or Livestock Bill of Sale

Kentucky law establishes the requirements for buying and selling horses between private parties in Kentucky. Livestock, however, can be sold with a general bill of sale. 

The equine bill of sale statute requires you to complete a bill of sale when buying or selling a horse for more than $10,000 in Kentucky. However, it is always a good idea to complete a bill of sale when buying or selling a horse, no matter the value. 

You’ll need to provide the following information about the horse, buyer, and seller in your bill of sale:

  • Buyer and seller contact information
  • Horse’s registered name
  • Horse’s barn name
  • Breed
  • Sex
  • Registration number
  • Description of the horse, including color and markings
  • Horse’s DOB
  • Information about the horse’s sire and dam
  • Transfer of breeding rights
  • Information about accessories or supplies sold along with the horse

6. Kentucky Aircraft Bill of Sale

Kentucky does not provide state-issued bills of sale for aircraft. All aircraft sales in the U.S. must comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. The FAA aircraft bill of sale must be completed to comply with federal law.

7. Kentucky General Bill of Sale

You can use a template for a general bill of sale in Kentucky to record almost any sale between two private parties. The state does not provide an official general bill of sale.

When you fill in a general bill of sale, you’ll need to include the buyer’s and seller’s contact information. You should also describe the property being transferred. Other information you may want to document on a general bill of sale includes:

  • Serial or model number
  • Color
  • Size
  • Physical description
  • Condition of the property
  • Date of sale
  • Whether the property is a gift

You can also include the sales price or details of a trade agreement between the buyer and seller. If money will still be owed to the seller after the property changes hands, the bill of sale should list the due date.

FAQ: About the Kentucky Bill of Sale

What Is a Valid Bill of Sale in Kentucky?

A bill of sale is a form that lists information about the sale or transfer of property — for example, a vehicle — from a seller to a buyer. This document can provide legal proof of ownership and serve as a receipt after the sale is complete. A bill of sale usually includes information like:

  • Purchase date
  • Buyer’s name, address, and phone number
  • Seller’s name, address, and phone number
  • Description of property being transferred
  • Purchase price
  • Information about any liens on the property
  • Terms and conditions of the sale
  • Dated signatures of buyer, seller, and any witnesses

You can also have your bill of sale notarized, though it is not required in most cases. This step can give both parties peace of mind about the sale.

Where Can I Get a Kentucky Bill of Sale?

Kentucky does not provide official bills of sale. You can create your own document or download a template from PandaDoc for the bill of sale type you need.

Does a Bill of Sale Have to Be Notarized in Kentucky?

In most cases, no. If you are applying for a title on an out-of-state vehicle and your state only issues bills of sale to prove ownership, the signatures on the bill of sale must be notarized.

What Information Has to Be on a Kentucky Bill of Sale?

You should document contact information for both buyer and seller, including names, addresses, and driver’s license or state ID numbers. You should also list information about the property being sold, like its physical condition, the purchase price, and any identifying information like the model or serial numbers.

Bill of Sale Forms by State

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