Transfer of Ownership
Selling/Trading Your Vehicle to Another Individual

Remove the license plates1. Remove the license plates and keep your plates and registration receipt.


Give the buyer paperwork2. If the person buying your vehicle is an Iowa resident, give the buyer:

Complete the title transferIf possible (when the purchaser is a Scott County resident), go with the buyer to the Scott County Treasurer's Office to complete the title transfer. If you are unable to accompany the purchaser, get a receipt from the buyer which states that the individual has purchased the vehicle and accepted delivery of the vehicle and title.

If the buyer does not have plates to put on the vehicle, the buyer can use it for 15 days if the vehicle is currently registered and as long as either the bill of sale (describing the vehicle and signed by the seller and buyer) or title assigned to the buyer, or photocopy of both sides of the title is carried in the vehicle. A vehicle that is not currently registered cannot legally be operated on the road until the registration fees are paid.


Complete the sale3. If the buyer is from another state, after removing the license plates, give the buyer:

If the out of state buyer does not have valid plates for the vehicle and your vehicle is currently registered, the Scott County Treasurer may issue a 30-day transit plate for $3.00.