The Oklahoma Motor Vehicles Commission (OMVC) has unique rules for buying a used car from a private seller. This guide will help simplify the process.

Step 1 - Research the Car’s History

You’ll want to know about the car’s background before you make an offer.

  • Is there a lien on the title?
  • Was it reported stolen?
  • Has it been in any accidents?

A vehicle history report such as PrivateAuto partner AutoCheck can reveal these and more.

Step 2 - Test Drive the Car

Always test drive a car before you buy it. It’s the best way to see if it’s a good fit for you.

With PrivateAuto, you can schedule a test drive right on the platform. Just choose a time from the app and meet the seller at the designated location.

Step 3 - Get an Inspection

An inspection can reveal hidden mechanical problems.

PrivateAuto’s inspection scheduler lets you book an inspection with a local ASE certified mechanic.

Step 4 - Get the Paperwork

Certificate of Title

Complete the Assignment of Title section on the back of the title.

  • Your name and address.
  • Selling price.
  • Date of sale.
  • Odometer reading (cars less than 10 years old).
  • Seller’s signature.
  • Your signature.

You will need to have it notarized.

Bill of Sale

A bill of sale is optional in Oklahoma. You might still want to ask the seller to provide one. It could help if any tax or legal issues come up.

PrivateAuto includes an electronic bill of sale and other documents you can complete and sign right from the app.

Step 5 - Complete the Sale

A few business items still remain:

  • Register the car.
  • Apply for a new title.
  • Pay taxes.


PrivateAuto makes it easy to shop for a used car from a private party.

  • Guards your personal info.
  • State-specific electronic documents.
  • Test drive and inspection scheduling tools.
  • Verifies seller ID so you can avoid scams.