A California Bill of Sale is a form that documents the transfer of certain goods from one party (the seller) to another (the buyer). You can use it to buy and sell cars, firearms, electronics, equipment, watercraft, and any other property. The main purpose of this document is to serve as legally binding proof of transfer that can be used by both parties to substantiate the fact of sale.
California Bills of Sale can be divided into four main types:
California Department of Housing and Community Development has released an additional official form (Form HCD RT475.1) used when selling mobile homes, floating homes, and truck campers. Shasta County has its own official Bill of Sale for sold mobile equipment (Mobile Equipment Update Form).
Certain counties in California require additional documentation:
Though California provides an official bill of sale form, state law does not require you to fill them out when you buy or sell the property. You do not need to submit them during registration, either. However, there are two exceptions:
In all other cases, a bill of sale is important because it contains important details of sale and information about the buyer and the seller.
A California Bill of Sale will be considered valid if it contains the following details: seller and buyer information, description of transferred property, trade details, and signatures. Make the document in two original copies: one for each party. Notarizing a bill of sale in California is not required.