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Arkansas Boat Bill of Sale Form

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The Arkansas Boat Bill of Sale is a legal document which is used between a buyer and a seller of a vessel seeking to transfer the ownership in exchange for cash or other assets. This transfer of ownership will take place once the price is negotiated and the purchase is complete. The document will provide proof that the sale or trade has taken place, payment has been made to the seller and the transfer of ownership is being completed.

Registering a Boat

A vessel, must be registered within 30 days of purchase and may not be operated on open water until they are registered with the state

Where to Register –  You will be required to appear in person at one of the local Arkansas state revenue offices.  If you have a boat that is not propelled by motor or sail, you are not required to register with the state.

Documents for Registration – When you appear to register your boat, you must present the following:

  • Either a bill of sale or the current registration.
  • Proof that you have liability insurance (if your vessel has an engine of 50 horsepower). Boater’s insurance coverage must meet the state’s $50,000 requirement and must be purchased with an insurance provider who is authorized to operate in the state of Arkansas.
  • Proof that your boat has been assessed or is at least listed, for assessment in the current year.
  • Proof that you’re current with regard to your personal property taxes. For this, you may provide a county tax collector receipt or have a payment stamp on your assessment papers
  • Be prepared to pay any varying fees at the time of registration

How To Write

Step 1 – Seller and Buyer Information – This section will collect information with regard to the seller and the buyer. Download and print the form and provide the following information:

The Seller – 

  • Name
  • Driver’s License Number
  • Address
  • City
  • State
  • The Buyer – 
  • Name
  • Driver’s License Number
  • City
  • State

Step 2 – Details – Enter the following information into the form appropriately, as follows:

  • Make
  • Length
  • Year
  • Hull ID Number
  • Registration Number
  • Odometer (Hours)
  • Title Number
  • Will a trailer be included in the sale? (yes or no)
  • If “yes” enter the make and year
  • Will an Outboard motor be included in the sale?
  • If “yes” provide the number of outboard motors
  • make
  • year
  • Horsepower (HP)

Once the form is completed, make copies for record keeping and give the original copy to the buyer.


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