How to Sell a Car in Texas

This page will provide you with an overview of what you will need to sell your car in Texas.

We’ll cover the general process for selling your car, the paperwork involved, and the main steps you’ll need to take. 

Forms for Selling a Car in Texas

Before you even list your car for sale, you’ll want to make sure to get all the necessary paperwork when selling a car in order. 

If you want to help vet interest buyers more quickly, you may consider ordering a vehicle history report to provide them with. 

Refer to the table below for the forms you’ll need to fill out, sign, and submit to the buyer or the Texas DMV.

Vehicle TitleFill out the title and provide it to the buyer.
Bill of Sale (click here from more details on Texas Bill of Sale Requirements)Complete and sign a Bill of Sale with the buyer. Both parties should retain a copy. (Bill of Sale Template)
Odometer Disclosure StatementRequired for vehicles 20 years old or newer starting with model year 2011. Often included in a section on the title. Provide this to the buyer.
Notice of Transfer and Release of LiabilityThis is a form you should submit to the Texas DMV to notify them of the sale. 
Current Emissions/Safety Inspection CertificateProvide these documents to the buyer. 
License PlatesIn Texas, standard license plates will stay with the seller.

How to Sell your Car in Texas

The process for selling your car in Texas is fairly straightforward.

You should provide the buyer with the following items:

Note, if you’ve lost the title to the car you’re selling, you should apply for a duplicate title through the Texas DMV before you make the sale

You should then submit a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability to the DMV.

Both your and the buyer’s information and signatures are typically needed on the following documents:

  • Title. 
  • Bill of Sale. 
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement. 

In Texas, standard license plates will stay with the seller. 

After the sale is complete and the buyer has taken possession and ownership of the vehicle, you can cancel your insurance policy

Note that if you have other vehicles with the same provider, canceling a policy may affect your rates. This is a good time to compare quotes to make sure you’re not overpaying for car insurance. 

For any questions or official information about your particular situation, please contact your Texas DMV: