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Maine Boat Bill of Sale Form

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The Maine Boat Bill of Sale is considered a legal document that proves the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife that a transaction has occurred. This form will show a change of ownership and will be required to be part of the registration process. The document will require notarization.

Register a Boat in Maine

If a vessel will be operated on Maine waterways, at all, it must be registered and decals and numbers must be displayed. If a boat owner has relocated to Maine as a resident and their vessel displays decals from another state, they have 60 days from their arrival in the state to register their boat.

Where to Register – You must register your boat in person at:

  • Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  • 284 State St.
  • Augusta, ME 04333

Some tax collectors or town clerks will also register vessels, call 1-(207) 287-8000 to find the registration agency closest to your location.

Needed to Register – Before going to register your vessel, gather the following documents:

  • A Maine Boat Registration Application
  • A bill of sale
  • A dealer’s receipt, if the vessel was purchased from a dealer- to prove your taxes were paid
  • Excise tax must be paid before registration
  • Proof of boat insurance
  • Photo ID
  • Go to the registration prepared to pay any registration fees

How To Write

Step 1 – Seller and Buyer Information – The seller and buyer must provide the following information:

  • 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 Detail – Enter the required vessel information:

  • 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 – Trade/Purchase Price – Check any of the boxes that apply. Enter any additional information if required:

  • If the first box is checked, this would indicate that the seller will only accept monetary payment – Enter the dollar amount in words
  • Enter the dollar amount in numbers
  • Provide a date that the parties  have agreed the payment will be made in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Enter a date in which this document will be known as, in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • If the parties agree that payment will be made at a later date, you must enter the date in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Other – If other arrangements have been agreed upon, describe the terms of the agreement
  • Indicate if the vessel/boat is a gift to the buyer by checking the box
  • Should this be a trade between the parties, provide a brief description as to the terms and conditions of the agreed trade

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

  • Should there be present repairs needed, enter a record of the defects into the lines provided
  • If all signatories are present before a notary, the seller will then provide their signature in agreement on the “Seller’s Signature” line

Step 5 – Signatures – If all signatories are standing before a notary public and have been identified by the notary, each party must provide the following:

  • The Seller –
  • Signature
  • Print Name
  • AND
  • The Buyer –
  • Signature
  • Print Name
  • AND
  • The Witness –
  • Signature
  • Print Name

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

  • Make copies to provide to all signing parties, for their records
  • Supply the buyer with the original copy

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