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New Jersey Vessel Bill of Sale Form

The New Jersey Vessel Bill of Sale is a legal document that will show proof that a vessel has been legally sold and purchased. The form will provide information with regard to the seller, the buyer, identifying factors regarding the vessel/boat itself and will prove change of ownership. This document will require notarization and may be needed as a part of the registration process.

Register a Vessel in New Jersey

In the state of New Jersey all motorized boats and any vessel or boat that is longer than 12 feet even if it is not motorized, must be registered to operate on New Jersey waterways. If you will be visiting the state and are registered, you may remain for 60 days without registering in NJ.

Where to Register – One may gather their documentation and appear in person at any Local Motor Vehicle Commission Office, in the state of New Jersey

Needed to Register – Gather the following documents:

  • A bill of sale
  • A completed boat registration application (Form BA-51), that is currently available at any NJ MVC office
  • Proof of age and identification
  • Be prepared to pay any registration fees

Fees:

The cost to register a boat in New Jersey will vary depending on the length of your specific vessel/boat

  • Less than 16 feet: $12
  • 16 ft to 26 ft:$28
  • 26 ft to 40 ft: $52
  • 40 ft to 65 ft: $80
  • 65 ft or longer: $250

How To Write

Step 1 – Seller and Buyer Information – 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 – Seller must enter the required information 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 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 – Select any of the applicable boxes, also providing requested information if it applies:

  • Check the box if the seller wishes only to receive monetary payment – Enter the worded dollar amount
  • Enter the dollar amount in numbers
  • Provide the date in which  each of the parties have agreed that payment will be made, in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Specify the date in which this document will be known as, in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • If the parties have decided to make payment due in full on a later date, enter the date in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Other – Should the parties decide on some other agreement, enter a description of the new or additional arrangements
  • Select this box, only if this boat is intended as a gift
  • Check the final box in this section if the parties have agreed on an even-trade. Provide a brief description as to the conditions of the trade

Step 4 – Seller’s Disclosure – The seller must carefully review all the statements:

  • Should there be any known defects, the seller is required to disclose them on the form
  • Once the defects (if any) have been disclosed the seller must provide signature in the “sellers signature” line

Step 5 – Signatures – With all parties present before a notary, each party must enter:

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

Step 6 – Once all parties have signed before a notary, the notary will be required to complete the form and affix their state seal, authenticating the document

  • Make copies for record keeping
  • Provide the original to the buyer

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