Selling a Car in Idaho

When you’re selling a vehicle in Idaho, there are some requirements you need to meet that are specific to the state. We’ve collected the appropriate information here regarding those requirements so you can ensure that you have a hassle-free vehicle sale.

1. Title Information

First, make certain you actually are the sole owner of your vehicle. In Idaho, you can only sell a vehicle if you fully own it. In other words, you must pay off any “lien” (loan) on the vehicle before you can sell the vehicle. You must also make certain that any previous lien has been released by the lienholder sending the appropriate form to the state government.

Secondly, make certain that you have the actual title. If you are unable to find the title, you’ll need to request a replacement title from the Idaho Transportation Department. You must have an official title because you will sign the title over to the buyer of your vehicle as proof of the transfer of ownership from you to them. Make sure you fill out the title transfer section of the title in full. You don’t want to accidentally end up still owning the vehicle on paper and being liable for anything the new driver does with it.

In Idaho, all vehicles must be titled.

2. Bill of Sale Requirements

Idaho requires you to put together a Bill of Sale when you sell a vehicle. The Bill of Sale must include these elements:

  • The new owner’s name
  • The full address of the new owner
  • The seller’s name
  • The full address of the seller
  • The date of the sale
  • The sale price
  • A full and detailed vehicle description, including the vehicle’s make, model, year, series number (if applicable) and body type (2-door, 4-door, sedan, etc.) as well as the vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • If the new owner has taken out a loan on the vehicle, the name of the lienholder
  • The date of the lien (if such exists)
  • The vehicle odometer reading at the time of sale
  • The signatures of the seller and buyer

Idaho requests that you use its official Bill of Sale form. Also, you should know that the sale price of your vehicle is taxable; check with your accountant or financial adviser for the full details regarding this.

3. Inspections

Idaho does not require yearly vehicle inspections but does require emissions testing in one county (Canyon County) and one city (Kuna) within the state. If you are selling a vehicle that is registered in either place, make certain that the emissions test is current. Tests are good for two years. More information can be found on the website for the Idaho Vehicle Inspection Program.

4. License Plates

In Idaho, when you sell your vehicle, the license plates remain with you and not the vehicle. You can then put those same plates on your next vehicle. However, you must also file a Release of Liability within five days of selling the vehicle in order to not receive fines from the state.

5. Odometer Disclosure Requirements

In Idaho, when you sell a vehicle that is 10 years old or newer, you are required to disclose its odometer reading. You can simply fill in the odometer reading space on the back of the title in order to fulfill this requirement.

6. Other Information

If you have questions or want more details regarding vehicle selling, check out the Idaho Transportation Department Division of Motor Vehicles website.