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What Documents Are Needed to Export an ATV From the US?

What's in this article?
  1. Required Documents
  2. Certificate Of Title
  3. Bill Of Sale
  4. Mso/Mco
  5. Lien Release Documents
  6. Submission And Notification
  7. Make The Shipping Process Easy
What Documents Are Needed to Export an ATV From the US?

Do you own an ATV and want to take it on an adventure overseas? Before you can do that, you'll need to navigate the process of exporting your ATV from the US.

But don't worry, it's not as daunting as it may seem. By following the necessary steps and having the required documents, you'll be well on shipping your ATV to your desired destination.

Exporting an ATV from the US requires specific documentation to ensure a smooth and legal process. From proof of ownership to customs forms, proper paperwork is essential. In this article, we'll explore the documents needed to export an ATV from the US, guiding you through the process and helping you avoid any potential roadblocks.

Whether you're an ATV enthusiast planning an international adventure or looking to sell your ATV overseas, understanding the required documents will save you time, money, and unnecessary stress. So, let's dive into the necessary paperwork and get you on your way to exporting your ATV successfully.


Required Documents

You must fill out specific paperwork to export vehicles from the US. You need paperwork to prove several things, such as who owns the car, where the vehicle is going, who manufactured the vehicle, and whether you have paid the necessary taxes for the car to leave.

The following are the certificates and documents you need to export an ATV from the US:

Certificate of Title

The Certificate of title is an essential document for moving any vehicle. The Certificate of identification is a document that states the legally registered owner of the car. This document is crucial for exporting vehicles as frequently bad actors ship stolen vehicles to reduce the risk of facing prosecution for their crimes.

However, with a certificate of title, you can prove that you own the ATV you are trying to export from the US. It's worth noting that the rules for carrying a certificate of title for an ATV differ between States. Some states, like Michigan, require ATV owners to take certificates proving ownership. In contrast, other forms include exceptions for the Certificate of title for snowmobiles and off-road vehicles.

To ensure you comply with your state's Certificate of Title requirements, research your local driving and export permit requirements.

Suppose you don't have the Certificate of Title. In that case, you can bring the vehicle registration, original Bill of sale, or the invoice for purchasing the vehicle, provided it is signed by the original owner/ seller. You must ensure that the VIN and information proving your ownership are on the document for customs to accept.

Bill of Sale

The next critical piece of paperwork you need to export your ATVoutside of the US is the Bill of Sale. A bill of sale is a legal document that records the terms and conditions of a sale or transfer of ownership for a product. When you purchase an ATV, you should save the Bill of Sale as it offers proof of ownership of the vehicle and the value of your ATV, an important point should the car be damaged during transit. It would be best if you claimed against an insurance policy.

If you have the Certificate of title for your ATV, you may not need to bring a copy of the Bill of sale. Although, it's good practice to get spare documents to ensure a smooth trip through US customs. If you do not have the Certificate of title, you must produce the Bill of sale to the customs authorities upon request.

When handing in the Bill of sale to port authorities, you must hand in a copy of the document, not the document itself. You also need to bring a spare copy of the paper as you'll need to hand it to customs in the destination country. Failing to produce a copy of this document on request could raise questions over the ownership of the ATV you are exporting.



Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MCO) or Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO) are documents that prove who created the ATV you are exporting. These documents can be used in place of a Certificate of Title but may be required by the country of entry, so it's essential to bring them regardless of whether you have the Certificate of Title.

MSO and MCO are also helpful to countries of entry. They explain essential factors about the vehicle, such as engine sizes, and let authorities in the destination country determine if the car is legally allowed to be used on the roads or imported to a country.

Lien Release Documents

A lien release document is required to export any ATV with a lease agreement in place. Legally, you cannot take a leased ATV overseas without a lien release document proving that you have permission from the owner. You do not own a leased vehicle until most, if not all, of the agreed payments have been met.

The lien release documents need to be printed by the lease provider on company-headed paper, and you will need to get these documents signed before exporting the vehicle.

Submission and Notification

You must submit the required documents for exporting your ATV from the US to Customs and Border Protection before you head to the port of entry/ exit. The authorities may examine the ATV and the documents to ensure that you comply with rules and regulations.

It can take up to 4 days for customs authorities to get back to you before you export your ATV. As a result, you should plan accordingly and turn in all documents for exporting at least a week before proceeding to leave with the vehicle.


Make the Shipping Process Easy

At A1 Auto Transport, we have extensive experience transporting, exporting, and importing vehicles of all shapes and sizes to every corner of the globe.

We specialize in shipping vehicles of all types, including heavy machinery, boats, and ATVs. We know precisely what documents you need to export your ATV from the US, and we know everything you need to import the vehicle to its destination country.

Save yourself the headache and bureaucratic headache of exporting an ATV by trusting our dedicated team of specialists. Get a free quote on your next ATV shipping by contacting us today.

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