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Washington D.C. Boat Bill of Sale Form

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Washington D.C. Boat Bill of Sale Form

Updated July 20, 2023

Washington D.C. boat bill of sale is a legal form used to document the transfer of ownership of a boat in Washington D.C. The bill of sale includes information about the vessel, the purchase price, and both seller and buyer. The new owner must present this form to the Metropolitan Police Department within thirty (30) days of the sale in order to verify the transaction. In Washington D.C., all watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, jet skis, sailboats, and powerboats, must be registered in order to operate legally.

Signing Requirements – Bill of Sale must be signed by the buyer in the presence of a notary public.

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Registering a Boat

Boat registrations in Washington D.C. are managed by the D.C. Harbor Patrol of the Metropolitan Police Department. Even watercraft not powered by a motor must be registered. Even if you’re visiting for an extended period, you are legally required to register your boat.

Any boat operating for more than fifty (50) days in the District of Colombia must be registered. In order to register your boat, you’ll need a bill of sale, which includes a description of the vehicle, including the manufacturer, model, hull identification number, length, year, motor, date of sale, purchase price, and buyer’s name. If the vessel is used, you’ll also need proof of ownership from the seller, such as a certificate of title or registration. Registrations are valid for one (1) year.

Where to Register

All documents listed below should be presented to the Boat Registration Office on 550 Water Street, SW, Washington DC 20024 between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. between Monday ad Thursday. (This office observes all government holidays.) It’s best to contact the office first at (202) 727-4582.

Required Documents