Updated on March 20, 2023
California Vehicle/vessel bill of sale, also known as Form REG 135, is a document filed by both buyers and sellers for a transaction of a motorized vehicle or vessel. Details transcribed in the California vehicle/vessel bill of sale regarding items in question should be true and affirmed by the seller before closing the transaction.
The bill of sale as required by the state laws indicates the price of the vehicle/vessel and the current cosmetic and mechanical conditions. This bill of sale is necessary as it is required by the California Department of Motor vehicles when registering and getting a title for a vehicle /vessel.
- Identification number
- Year model
- Make of the vehicle/vessel
- License plate/CF number
- Motorcycle engine number
Personal and transactional details
- The name of the person transferring or selling the vehicle/vessel (seller)
- The name of the person receiving the vehicle/vessel (buyer)
- The date of the transaction and the amount paid (value of the vehicle/vessel)
If the vehicle/vessel is a gift, the relationship of the giver to the recipient should be indicated. The value of the gifted vehicle/vessel should be indicated as well.
Certifying the transaction
The seller affirms under the penalty of the jury under the laws of the state of California that the information given is true and correct.
- Print name and signature
- Date of transaction
- DL, ID, or Dealers number
- Mailing address
- Phone number (daytime phone number)
- Print name of the buyer
- Mailing address
The California vehicle/ vessel bill of sale is a state-approved document that records transaction details at the point of sale and purchase of a vehicle or vessel. It is solid proof that both the buyer and the seller should retain a copy after the transaction is completed.