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Maryland Boat Bill of Sale | Form DNR B-118

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The Maryland Vessel Bill of Sale DNR B-118 is a legal document that is used to provide proof that a watercraft has been legally sold and acquired between a dealer and individual or two private parties. This form will provide the required vessel information and any required information with regard to the seller and buyer. This document will not require notarization.

Register a Vessel in Maryland

A new owner will have 30 days from purchase or arrival to be registered as long as the excise tax is paid immediately

Where to Register – To register your vessel, you may either register in person at any Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR services) closest to your location or you may send all of your documentation to the DNR Center and will be able to process your vessel registration by mail.

Needed to Register – Gather the following document whether registering in person or by mail:

  • For registration of a new boat you will be required to provide your original Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO). While registering a new boat, you may need a notarized bill of sale but only if the original certificate didn’t include the necessary purchaser, date and/or price information needed for registration
  • You will need a completed Boat Registration Application –  (Form DNR B-240)
  • For a used boat, you will require a bill of sale
  • Be prepared to pay your 5% vessel excise fee as well as a $24 registration fee for most vessels, as well as any other required fees. These fees may vary. Failure to pay your vessel excise fee within 30 days of purchase will result in paying an excise penalty and additional monthly interest charges.
  • Note * Although there is no registration fee required for vessels under 16 ft and less than a 7.6 HP motor, your boat will be required to have a registration decal displayed

How to Write

Step 1 – Vessel Information – Enter the following:

  • Vessel Hull Identification Number
  • Length of the vessel in feet and inches
  • Year
  • Motor Serial Number
  • Motor Manufacturer
  • Model
  • Horsepower (HP)

Step 2 – Check all that apply in each section as stated within the form:

  • VESSEL TYPE:
  • open
  • cabin
  • house
  • inflatable
  • other
  • PWC
  • HULL MATERIALS:
  • fiberglass
  • aluminum
  • flexible
  • fabric
  • other
  • steel
  • wood
  • PROPULSION:
  • outboard
  • inboard
  • IB/OD
  • other
  • sail IB aux
  • sail OB aux
  • FUEL:
  • gasoline
  • diesel
  • electric
  • other

Step 3 – Seller and Buyer Information – Provide the following:

Purchaser(s) Information –

  • First Name
  • Middle Name
  • Last Name
  • Mailing address
  • Street
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code

Seller(s) Information – 

  • First Name
  • Middle Name
  • Last Name
  • Mailing address
  • Street
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code

Step 3 – If the vessel hasn’t been previously numbered or documented, enter the following information into the form:

  • Date acquired
  • Name of previous owner
  • Reason why vessel was not previously numbered or documented

Step 4 – Seller’s must review the statement, If agreed, provide:

  • Date of signatures in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Signature — Seller #1
  • Signature — Seller #2

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