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Mississippi Vessel Bill of Sale

The Mississippi Vessel Bill of Sale is a legal document to prove the legal sale and purchase of a vessel in the state of Mississippi. This document will also provide information about the watercraft, the seller and buyer and will prove change of ownership. This document must be notarized.

Register a Vessel in Mississippi

Anyone born after 1980 who wishes to operate a boat on Mississippi waterways, must have completed a safety education course either online or in person. The test will consist of 6 sections and you must pass with a score of 80 or above. As well, no vessel may operate on the waterways in the state without proper registration. Registration is done by mail, so you will want to plan ahead. You will need to have a registration card and a copy of a passing test on board at all times.

Where to Register – Gather all of your required registration documents and mail them to:

  • Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
  • Boat Registration Department
  • 1505 Eastover Drive
  • Jackson, MS 39211

The Mississippi Boater Education Course online is highly recommended.

Needed to Register – The following documents will be required for registering a boat in Mississippi:

  • You must have completed a Mississippi Motor Boat Registration Application – Should you be unable to download and print one for any reason, you may acquire this application from a county tax collector’s office, a Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks office, or nearly any boat dealership.
  • A copy of a notarized bill of sale (or dealer’s invoice)
  • If your boat has been purchased outside of the state, you will need a copy of a paid Mississippi tax receipt
  • A check or money order payable to the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

Fee schedule is as follows:

  • Registration fees vary depending on the size of your boat.
  • Less than 16 ft in length: $10.20.
  • Between 16 ft up to 26 ft in length: $25.20.
  • Between 26 ft up to 40 ft in length: $47.70.
  • 40 ft in length and over: $47.70

How to Write

Step 1 – Seller and Buyer Information – The parties 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 – Boat Detail – Enter the required information as follows:

  • Make
  • Length
  • Year (the boat 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 – Trade/Purchase Price – Check any the boxes that apply. Enter additional information if required:

  • Selection of the first box will state that the seller will accept only monetary payment – Enter the worded dollar amount
  • Enter the dollar amount in numbers
  • Provide the date that the parties have agreed that payment will be made in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Enter the date that this document will be known as, in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Should the seller and buyer agree that payment will be made at a later date, enter that date in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Other – If a different agreement has been concluded between the parties, enter the terms of the agreement (if added room is needed, continue on an added a sheet
  • Check the box if the boat is to be provided as a gift to the buyer
  • Check the last box if this will be not be a purchase but a direct trade between the parties. Provide a brief description as to the conditions of the trade

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

  • If there are any known defects, by the seller, with regard to the vessel, the defects must be disclosed and therefor the seller must enter a description into the lines provided
  • If all signatories are present before a notary, the seller must then enter their signature in agreement, on the “Seller’s Signature” line

Step 5 – Signatures – If all signing parties are before a notary public, all parties must 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 signatures, the notary public will complete the remainder of the form as required and shall then affix their state seal.

  • Make copies to provide to all signatories for their records
  • Give the original copy to the buyer