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Arkansas Boat Bill of Sale Form

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Arkansas Boat Bill of Sale Form

Updated August 16, 2023

An Arkansas boat bill of sale documents the purchase and sale of a motorized boat/vessel between two (2) or more parties. The bill of sale serves as evidence of the transaction and underscores the vessel’s condition as well as the agreed-upon purchase price. Upon registering the vessel under their name, the new owner must present the bill of sale to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) in order to prove ownership.

Signing Requirements – Both the buyer and seller must sign in the presence of a state-licensed notary public.

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Registering a Boat

All motorized and sail-powered boats must be registered with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) before being operated on public waters. Recently-acquired boats will need to be registered by the new owner within thirty (30) days of purchase. Once processed, the registration shall be valid for three (3) years. The DFA issues a renewal notice upon the nearing expiration; the owner may renew their registration by filling out the notice form and mailing it (no later than 15 days prior to the expiration date) to the DFA or visiting their local state revenue office.

Where to Register

Owners must register their boats in person at a nearby Arkansas state revenue office.

Required Documents

  • Bill of Sale;
  • Legible Pencil Rubbing or Printed Photograph of the HIN;
  • Assessment from AR County Assessor;
  • Valid Driver’s License or Photo ID;
  • Receipt from County Tax Collector, stating personal taxes were paid (alternatively, a certification of payment stamped on the assessment papers will be accepted);
  • Registration fees[1] ($7.50-$150, depending on the boat’s length); and
  • Proof of insurance with minimum requirements[2] (only boats powered by engines of 50 horsepower):
    • $50,000 or more of liability coverage per occurrence.


  1. Arkansas DFA: Motor Boat Registration
  2. Arkansas DFA: Motor Boat Registration