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Connecticut Vehicle/Vessel Bill of Sale | Form H-31

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The Connecticut Vehicle/Vessel Bill of Sale Form H-31 legal document that is used to prove that a sale has been legally negotiated and executed between an entity and individual or two individuals with regard to the sale and purchase of a vehicle, vessel or perhaps some other motorized vehicle that may require registration. This document is also designed to transfer ownership and will be required at registration.

Register a Vehicle in Connecticut

A vehicle in the state of Connecticut must be registered before it may legally operate on any road, state highway in the state. If one is new to the state, however, a new resident is allowed sixty (60) days in which to register their vehicle in Connecticut.

If you’re registering your vehicle for the first time your vehicle must pass an emissions test inasmuch as your vehicle must comply with emissions laws. (See  Sec. 14-164c. (Formerly Sec. 14-100 d). Locate an Emissions Test Center. If your vehicle is exempt from passing emissions testing, you must then you must locate a VIN Verification station and procure an inspection.

Where to Register – Once you’ve either passed your emissions test OR you have completed your VIN verification you must gather all proper documentation and appear in person at a CT DMV Office.

What You Need to Register – 

  • Complete an Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (Form H-13)
  • The current Certificate of Title and registration certificate, if you’re registering a used vehicle in the state of CT
  • A Bill of Sale
  • A current Connecticut insurance identification card. An insurance ID card may be obtained from your insurance provider and must reflect your name
  • Identification, such as your:
  • Driver’s license
  • Learner’s permit
  • State ID card
  • Payment for your registration fees and any additional charges. See Fees to Register Your Car in CT

Register a Boat/Vessel in Connecticut

Any motorized boat/vessel or watercraft must be registered before it may be operated on open water in the state of Connecticut. If one is new to the state and still has a vessel etc…registered in another state, you are granted 60 days to register your vessel or watercraft in Connecticut. The following vessels or watercraft must be registered:

  • All boats that are motorized no matter the size
  • Any sailboats that are 19 1/2 ft or longer
  • Personal watercraft, to include a jet ski

First Time Registration – You will be required to appear in person with the following documents at  Your Local DMV Office:

  • Application for Vessel Registration and Certificate of Number or Decal (form B-148)
  • Proof of payment and transfer of ownership (bill of sale) whether purchased from a vessel dealership or an individual
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Personal ID or driver’s license
  • Federal law requires a hull number on all boats manufactured 1973 or later. The hull number must be provided upon application for the vessel/boat.  If the boat/vessel, has a “CT” number, (previous Connecticut registration), that number will remain with the vessel/boat and must be entered on the application.
  • Be prepared to pay your Registration Fees at the time of registration

How To Write

Step 1 – Download the document

Step 2 – Section 1 – Sale of Vehicle – Check the box of the vehicle that is being sold and purchased:

  • Vehicle
  • Vessel
  • Other – Specify what type of motor vehicle is being sold and purchased

Step 3 – Section 2 – Seller Information – Provide the following:

  • Seller’s Name
  • Physical Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code

Step 4 – Section 4 – Enter the dollar amount of the selling price of the vehicle being sold. The seller should carefully read the brief paragraph to the right of the selling price

Step 5 – Purchaser Information – Enter the buyer information into the blocks provided:

  • Buyer’s Name
  • Physical Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code

Step 6 – Description of Vehicle – Provide the information required in the boxes provided. All information is required

  • Make
  • Year
  • Color(s)
  • Model Name or Number
  • Body Style – (ie: Sedan, 2 door, 4 door, hatchback etc…)
  • Odometer Reading
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Step 7 – Description of Vessel – If this form is being used to document the sale of a vessel/boat, skip the vehicle information and complete the description of the vessel/boat as follows:

  • Year the vessel/boat was built
  • If the vessel/boat was built after 1973, it is required that you provide a Hull ID Number
  • Make
  • Color (both the primary color and the secondary color)
  • Model
  • Length
  • Provide the state in which the vessel/boat was last numbered
  • Enter the previous number

Step 8 – Certification and Signature of Seller –

  • The seller must read the brief paragraph to the left of the signature line. If agreed, the seller must provide their signature
  • Date the signature in mm/dd/yyyy format

Once the document is completed, copies of the vehicle should be made for record keeping. Give the original document to the buyer.


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