When buying a car in Wyoming, you need the required paperwork in order to get the car registered and titled. If you buy a car from a dealer, they will normally handle the required paperwork on your behalf. If you buy it from a private seller, you will handle the paperwork yourself. Ensure that you receive the required documentation from the seller. You will use these documents to register and title your car to your name with the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT).
Paperwork Required for Wyoming Buyers
The vehicle title is the only mandatory document that you must get from the seller. This document must be signed by all the previous sellers. All signatures must be notarized. If you purchase the car from another state, you need to conduct vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection. This can be done by Wyoming Department of Transportation officers or by any authorized law enforcement officer within Wyoming. Also, you need to obtain an odometer status/reading from the seller if the vehicle is more than 10 years old. Another important document that might be needed when registering and titling your vehicle is the bill of sale. This document must contain name and signature of both the seller and you. The document should also show the agreed price upon vehicle purchase, date of vehicle purchase and the vehicle model. To transfer the vehicle title in your name, you will also need to fill and complete Form MV-300A (Application for Certificate of Title and VIN Inspection Form). You will also need to pay the required fees and taxes during registration and titling. These two vary by county. For more information about the required fees and taxes, contact your county clerk’s office.
Buying Without the Title
In Wyoming, you cannot buy a car without a title, and if you do, it will be impossible to register or title it. If the title is missing, lost or damaged, ask the seller to apply for a duplicate copy with the county clerk’s office before purchase. To apply for a duplicate title, the seller must sign the notarized application. After which, the state will take time to process it. So, you need to give the seller time to get this document for you. Once the seller gets this document, it can be transferred to you.
Buying Without the Registration
The previous vehicle registration papers are not needed when registering and titling the newly purchased vehicle into your name. So, don’t worry looking for these papers.
Bill of Sale
A bill of sale is not needed when transferring vehicle ownership into your name. You can download a copy of this form from our website. You must fill your name and that of the seller, the vehicle purchase price and the vehicle’s model, make and year.
Vehicle History Report
A Vehicle History Report is not required when registering and titling your car. However, this report is important for you since it provides useful information about a vehicle that you are buying. Some of the information in this report includes:
- Past accidents.
- An odometer estimate.
- Damage from accidents, floods, or other events.
By using a vehicle history report, you can confirm what the seller is saying about their vehicle.