Rhode Island Bill of Sale Forms

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Rhode Island bill of sale forms document the legal purchase of personal property. A bill of sale will identify the seller and buyer, describe the property being transferred, and record the terms of the exchange. In Rhode Island, it is recommended to notarize bills of sale, and the documents may be needed for registration purposes.

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Boat Bill of Sale – This document will prove the legal sale, purchase and change of ownership with regard to a vessel/boat in Rhode Island.

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General Bill of Sale – This form is generally used between two private parties in the sale and purchase of personal property.

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Gun/Firearm Bill of Sale – This is a document that will provide identifying information regarding a firearm and information regarding the seller and purchaser. Will also prove a change of ownership.

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Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale – This particular document will provide information proving that a vehicle has been sold and purchased legally. It may be required for registration in proof of ownership. This form must be notarized.

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Vehicle Registration Forms

  • A completed an Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (Form TR-1)
  • A Bill of Sale
  • Proof of automobile insurance that meets the Rhode Island minimum requirements
    • $25,000 for injuries to a single person
    • $50,000 for injuries in a single accident
    • $25,000 for property damage in a single accident
  • A valid driver’s license or state ID
  • A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) check
  • Documentation of the Gross Vehicle Weight
  • A completed Use Tax form (Form T-334-2)
  • If buying a vehicle from a private party in which model year is 2001 or newer, a title to the vehicle that has been signed over to you, or for non-titled vehicles, proof of previous ownership
  • If buying from a dealer, the Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin
  • If leasing or an agent is buying or selling the vehicle on behalf of someone else, a Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney
  • Within five days of registering, a sticker indicating the passage of an emissions and safety inspection
  • Be prepared to pay all title and registration fees at the time of registration.

Boat Registration Forms

  • A Boat Registration Application
  • An Outboard Motor Registration Application
  • A Bill of Sale (Note: If the boat is purchased from a dealer, the buyer must use the form provided by the dealer)
  • A pencil tracing of the Hull Identification Number (HIN) conforming with U.S. Coat Guard guidelines
  • If the boat was purchased from a dealer, a manufacturer’s statement of origin, and an Application for Initial Vessel Certificate of Title
  • If the boat was purchased with existing title, the most recent title certificate signed over to the buyer, and if previously titled in a different state, the most recent registration statement from that state
  • Proof of payment of all registration fees per the schedule found here. There is no sales tax due on boats in Rhode Island purchased after 1993