Selling a Car in North Dakota

Selling a car in North Dakota is as simple as completing a title transfer, a few additional documents, and handing over the keys.
Written by Max Werner
Reviewed by Carrie Adkins
Selling a car in North Dakota is as simple as completing a title transfer, some additional forms (depending on the vehicle's age), and handing over the keys. While they are not required, completing additional steps—like inspections—can give both parties some extra peace of mind.
Each state has different rules for selling vehicles—some straightforward and some more complicated. But, if you know your stuff, you can ensure you're not responsible for a vehicle after it’s already left your care and set out on its next adventure.
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What you need to sell a car in North Dakota

North Dakota law isn't very demanding when it comes to privately selling a vehicle, but the first step—in any state—is to gather the necessary forms and information. To complete a change of ownership in North Dakota, you’ll need the following.
  • Seller’s Assignment and Warranty of Title
  • Signed and dated by the seller
  • Date of Sale
  • Selling price
  • Current odometer reading
  • For vehicles less than nine years old, the seller must also complete an SFN 18609 damage statement—meant to explain any damages the car may have occurred under the current ownership.

    Getting a pre-sale inspection

    The rough rider state doesn't require you to undergo a smog or safety inspection before selling a vehicle—but if one interests you, inspections can be done at any DOT certified inspection station.
    A smog test alone will only run you $5.00 to $30.00, while more extensive inspections can reach up to $150.00.
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    Documenting the sale

    North Dakota is one of the few states not to require a bill of sale for private car sales—but having one will make your purchase more official, and the state does provide a form for those who want it.
    The North Dakota bill of sale form SFN 2888 includes:
    • The year of car
    • The make/model
    • The vehicle's VIN
    • Notarized signature of the seller
    Here is what the current
    SFN 2888
    form looks like. 
    If you have a lien on the vehicle, the lienholder must relinquish their interest before the car is sold—and this must be proven. To do so, fill out an
    SFN 2876
    form with a notarized signature by the lien holder.

    Signing the title over

    Once you have all the required information documented—selling price, odometer reading, date of sale—it’s time to sign on the dotted line. To sign over a title in North Dakota, make sure to have the signatures of both the buyer and seller notarized or have the sale witnessed by an NDDOT agent.
    Signing a title means giving the address, legal names, and legible signature of both parties. If you have multiple buyers or sellers, make sure to write the information for each one in the requested boxes.
    If your title is stolen or lost, you can get a North Dakota replacement by filling out an
    SFN 2872
    form—this will cost $5.00.
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    Reporting the sale

    In North Dakota, the easiest way to report the sale of a car is to have it registered in the new owner's name. Registration must take place a maximum of five days after acquiring the vehicle. But, during this time, the new owner must display dated ownership of the vehicle, such as the following:
    • A dated bill of sale
    • A dated certificate of title

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