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Indiana Vessel Bill of Sale Form

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An Indiana Vessel Bill of Sale is a legal document that provides evidence that a sale and purchase has taken place between two parties. This document will provide information regarding the sale and will show a change of ownership from the seller to the buyer. This document will require notarization, therefore, no signatures should be provided prior to having the seller, buyer and one (1) witness, before a notary public.

Register a Vessel in Indiana

If you are a resident of the state, you must have your boat registered and your decals must be displayed in order to operate a motorized vessel in Indiana waters. If you are visiting and plant to stay more than 60 consecutive days, your boat must be registered in the state.

Where to Register – You may register a boat by visiting the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (IN BMV) If you have questions before you appear in person call 1-(888) 692-6841

Needed to Register – You must have the following documents with you in order to apply for boat registration in Indiana:

  • Title to the vessel
  • A bill of sale and the Watercraft Ownership Affidavit (if there are no other documents proving ownership)
  • Watercraft inspection document –  This document must be completed by a dealer who is approved to do an inspection on a watercraft, a military policeman assigned to a military post in Indiana, or a designated employee of the BMV
  • One original side view (one that you’ve taken yourself, not from a magazine or online dealer picture), color photograph of the entire watercraft
  • Download and complete the Application for Special Identification Number Form, print and add to your needed documentation
  • Go to the BMV prepared to pay all registration and processing fees.

How To Write

Step 1 – Seller and Buyer Information – Enter the following:

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

Step 2 – Vessel Details – Provide the required information in the lines provided on the form as follows:

  • Make
  • Length
  • Year (the vessel was built)
  • Hull ID Number
  • Registration ID Number
  • Odometer Reading (hours)
  • Title Number
  • Will a Trailer be included in the sale? (check yes or no)
  • If Yes – Enter the Make and Year
  • Will an Outboard Motor be included with the sale? (check yes or no)
  • If Yes – Enter the Make, Year and Horsepower (HP)

Step 3 – Purchase Price – Check the boxes that apply. Enter any additional information if required:

  • If the first box is selected, the seller only accepting monetary payment – Enter the worded dollar amount
  • Enter the dollar amount in numbers
  • State a date that the parties agree that payment will be made in a mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Enter the date in which this document will be known as, in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • If the selling and purchasing parties agree that payment will be made at a later date, provide the date in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Other – If other arrangements have been agreed upon, enter the description of the agreement (if additional room is required add a sheet and attach it to the form
  • Check the box if the boat will be a gift to the buyer
  • Check the last box if this will be an agreed upon, trade. Enter a description as to the terms of the trade

Step 4 – Seller’s Disclosure – The seller should carefully read the statements in this section:

  • If there are any known defects with regard to the boat, provide a written description in the lines provided
  • If all signatories are present before a notary, the seller will provide their signature in agreement on the “Seller’s Signature” line

Step 5 – Signatures – If all signing parties are collectively before a notary public and have been identified by the notary, provide the following:

  • Date the signatures in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • The Seller –
  • Signature
  • Print Name
  • AND
  • The Buyer –
  • Signature
  • Print Name
  • AND
  • The Witness –
  • Signature
  • Print Name

Step 6 – Once the notary public has identified the signatories and witnessed all of the signatures, they will complete the remainder of the form as required by law and affix their state seal.

  • Make copies to provide to all signatories for their records, supplying the original to the buyer

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