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Michigan Boat Bill of Sale Form

The Michigan Boat Bill of Sale is a legal document that is used to prove a legal purchase of a vessel has been executed and change of ownership has taken place. There will be required information with regard to the seller, buyer, price, and description. This form must be notarized by all parties.

Register a Boat in Michigan

In order for any vessel to be operated on Michigan waterways, it must be registered and display a numbered decal. You may register in person or by U.S Mail.

Where to Register – Should you wish to immediately register, you may do so in person by visiting any of your local Secretary of State offices.

  • To register your watercraft by mail – send all documents to:
  • Michigan Department of State
    7064 Crowner Dr. 
    Lansing, MI 48980

Needed to Register – You will require the following documents for registration

  • You will require a completed Application for Michigan Watercraft Title
  • A bill of sale
  • If it’s a new purchase from a dealer, you must have available, invoice, bill of lading, certificate of origin, or out-of-state title.
  • Personal Identification
  • If you’re registering in person, be prepared to pay all registration fees – If you’re registration will be by mail, you will be required to send a check or money order with your required documents.

How to Write

Step 1 – Seller and Buyer Information – Both parties must 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 Detail – Enter the required information:

  • Make
  • Length
  • Year (the vessel was built)
  • Hull ID Number
  • Registration ID Number
  • Odometer Reading (hours)
  • Title Number
  • Will a Trailer be included with 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 any of the boxes that apply:

  • Checking the first box will indicate that the seller is only willing to accept monetary payment – Enter the worded dollar amount
  • Enter the dollar amount in numbers
  • Enter the date that the parties have agreed upon, that payment will be made in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Provide the date that this document will be known as complete, in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • If each party agrees that payment will be made at a later date, enter the date in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Other – Should other agreements have been reached between the parties, enter a description of the agreement
  • Check the box to indicate if the vessel is a gift to the buyer
  • Check the box if this will be a trade. Provide a brief description as to the conditions of the trade

Step 4 – Seller’s Disclosure – The seller should carefully review all of the statements provided:

  • If there are any known defects with regard to the boat, enter a description of any defects into the lines on the form
  • If all signatories are present before a notary, the seller may then proceed to provide their signature in agreement on the “Seller’s Signature” line

Step 5 – Signatures – If all signing parties are before a notary public, provide the following:

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

Step 6 – Once the notary public has witnessed all of the signatures, he/she will complete the remainder of the form as required and will then affix their state seal.

  • Make copies to provide to all signatories for their records.
  • Supplying the original to the buyer

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