Selling a Car in Missouri

When you’re selling a vehicle in Missouri, you must meet some state-specific requirements. We’ve collected the appropriate information here about these requirements so you can know exactly what you have to do to ensure that your vehicle sales proceeds without a hitch.

1. Title Information

In Missouri, you can only sell a vehicle if you have full ownership of it. In other words, any “lien” (loan) on the vehicle must be paid off before you can sell the vehicle. If you have paid off a lien, double-check your title to make certain that the lien has been released. If not, have the lienholder submit a Lien Release to the state.

You should also make certain that you have the actual title. If you cannot find the title, you’ll need to request a replacement title from the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) office. You will need the physical title so that you can fill out the necessary information for the buyer as proof of the transfer of the vehicle. Both your signature and the buyer’s signature will be necessary but do not have to be notarized.

2. Bill of Sale Requirements

Missouri requires you to submit a Bill of Sale when you sell a vehicle. You can either submit the Notice of Sale or the Bill of Sale to the state, as either is sufficient. Whichever document you submit will need to include the following information, so make certain that you gather all of it before you sell the vehicle:

  • 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)
  • The vehicle odometer reading at the time of sale
  • The signature of the seller

3. Inspections

Missouri only requires emission testing for vehicles registered in the city of St. Louis and four counties within the state. Vehicles registered in these locations are required to be tested every two years, with even-numbered-year models being tested in even-numbered years and odd-numbered-year models being tested in odd-numbered years.

You are responsible for making certain that your vehicle’s emission test certificate is current before you sell the vehicle. You can get the vehicle tested at any of the program’s testing stations.

4. License Plates

In Missouri, when you sell your vehicle, its license plates stay with you rather than remain with the vehicle. Transferring the plates is possible but not easy, so expect that you are going to return the plates to the state. Return them to the DOR before you cancel your insurance or you could face unintended fines or liability for the vehicle after you’ve sold it.

5. Odometer Disclosure Requirements

Missouri requires people to formally disclose their vehicle’s odometer reading when they sell the vehicle and it is 10 years old or newer. Filling out the odometer reading section of the title transfer form is sufficient to fulfill this requirement, or you can fill out the state’s Odometer Disclosure Form.

6. Other Information

If you have questions or want more details on vehicle selling, check out the website for the Missouri Department of Revenue.