California Bill of Sale Forms

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California bill of sale forms are legal documents required by an entity, agency, or private party to record the sale of an item by a private party in the State of California if the price exceeds $500.00. These documents will be used for proof of purchase between two parties and in some cases are required for the purpose of registration of a vehicle, firearm, a boat or they may be used for proof of purchase of personal property to assist in the protection of the buyer against a fraudulent seller. These documents, in many cases, may only be used for nothing more than record-keeping. Completion of a bill of sale may keep one in compliance with state regulations or simply serve as proof that property has been properly sold, purchased, and transferred between two parties legally, whether it would be an entity and individual(s) or between two individuals.

Types (3)

Firearm Bill of Sale – This form will prove sale or trade-in complete agreement between all involved parties of a gun.

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General Bill of Sale – This form will provide proof that a negotiated sale or trade of any item or items and that a sale or trade has been executed in complete agreement between all involved parties.

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Motor Vehicle/Boat – This document will prove the sale and transfer of ownership of a boat or vehicle.

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California Vehicle Registration Forms

  • The vehicle title or Application for Title or Registration (Form Reg 343)
  • A bill of sale
  • The title must also include the current odometer reading
  • If the previous owner of the vehicle has renewed the smog certificate in the last 90 days and has renewed for two years, you will not be required to provide a smog certificate – If this isn’t the case, you will need to provide a smog certificate if the vehicle is less than 10 years old. You may check the CA.Gov site that addresses smog inspections and enter a zip code to see if you’re in an area that requires smog inspections and if so, where your local station is located
  • Identification
  • Proof of auto insurance
  • Be prepared to pay the title fee, CHP fee, registration fee and any applicable taxes.
  • Safety inspections are not usually required for the newer vehicle.

California Boat/Vessel Registration Forms

If your boat or vessel is propelled by sail and is 8 feet+ in height or is motorized in any way, you must register your boat before it may enter the water. If your boat/vessel is registered in another state, and you’re relocating to the state of California, you will have 120 days in which to register your boat. After 120 days, if you operate your boat on any bodies of water in the state, to include any private lake you will then be in violation. If you’ve purchased a motorized or sail equipped boat/vessel, in California and are registering for the first time, you will require the following:

  • You will require an Application for Registration Number, Certificate of Ownership and Certificate of Number for Undocumented Vessel (BOAT 101)
  • Proof of ownership. This could be the out-of-state title in the applicant’s name or properly endorsed for transfer and signed by the applicant. A bill of sale is acceptable in the stead of the seller’s signature on a title.
  • The original or a certified copy of a conditional contract of sale or security showing the purchaser’s name and any lien holder and which is marked “paid” and is countersigned,
  • A bond for the boat/vessel value if proof of ownership is unavailable as a provision. As well, the vessel’s value if the actual value of the vehicle is in excess of $2,000.
  • It will also be necessary for your boat trailer to be registered separately.

Take all documentation, with proof of identification and preparation to pay the needed fees for registration to your local DMV

California Firearm Registration Process

  • You must be 21 years of age and possess a current state ID and/or Driver’s license
  • If you are a resident alien with a permanent resident alien status within the U.S., you will be required to have an ID card or an I-94 #. As well, you will be required to have a valid California ID or driver’s license. If you are here on an I-94 visa, you will be required to have a valid United States hunting license, a Visa with 90 days Consecutive proof of residency.
  • You will be required to be in possession of a handgun safety certificate, also known as an HSC
  • OR
  • You will need to have proof of an HSC exemption
  • The HSC is a 30 question, true/false, multiple choice test. You may miss 7 out of 30 and still receive a passing grade. The HSC is good for 5 years at a time.
  • You will be required to have proof of a secondary residence and again 90 days of consecutive residency for resident aliens as well as 90 consecutive days of utility bills with the potential owner’s name and current ID or License address
  • A copy of a residential lease or proof of mortgage will be required
  • $25.00 fee
  • It’s important to know that (according to Pen. Code, § 27545)  you must purchase and/or register your firearm through a registered dealer. There are some exemptions ie: if you’re a collector buying or selling guns that are 50 years old or older, you will not require registration.
  • These are the things that will be needed in order to register and legally possess a firearm in the state of California. The rules and regulations vary also from city to city.