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Rhode Island Vessel Bill of Sale Form

The Rhode Island Vessel Bill of Sale is a legal document that will provide proof that a watercraft has been sold and purchased. The form will provide needed information about the seller, buyer, change of ownership and identification of the boat. This document will require notarization.

Register a Vessel in Rhode Island

In order for a motorized vessel/boat to operate in Rhode Island waterways, the vessel/boat, must be registered in the state of RI – If you’re visiting from out of state, you may remain for up to 60 consecutive days without RI registration

Where to Register – Vessel/boat registration will be processed by your local Department of Environmental Management or DEM. You need not appear for registration, but gather the proper documentation and either drop it off to a representative for processing or mail it to the address on the application

Needed to Register – Gather the following documentation:

To register a new boat in Rhode Island:

To register a used boat in Rhode Island, you will require:

Fee Schedule as follows:

  • 1 ft to 15 ft: $32.
  • 16 ft to 20 ft: $42.
  • 21 ft to 25 ft: $66.
  • 26 ft to 30 ft: $108.
  • 31 ft to 35 ft: $212.*
  • 36 ft to 40 ft: $264.*
  • 41 ft to 45 ft: $316.*
  • 46 ft to 50 ft: $418.*
  • Over 50 ft: $620.*
  • Title fee: $25.
  • Title Transfer fee: $5

How to Write

Step 1 – Seller and Buyer Information – 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 – Seller must enter the vessel 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 – Trade/Purchase Price – Check the boxes that apply. Add information if requested:

  • Check the box should the seller prefer only monetary payment – Enter the worded dollar amount
  • Enter the dollar amount in numbers
  • Provide an agreed date that payment will be made, in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Enter a date in which the document will be known as, in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Enter a date, in mm/dd/yyyy format, should the parties agree that payment may be made at a later date
  • Other – If another agreement has been decided between the parties, enter a description of the agreement
  • Check the box if the vessel/boat is only intended to be a gift
  • Select the last box if this will be a trade between the parties. Briefly describe the terms of the trade

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

  • Record any known defects in the line provided
  • Once complete, the seller may provide their signature

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

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

Step 6 – As the notary public has witnessed all of the signatures, the notary will then complete the remainder of the form. They will then affix their state seal to authenticate

  • Make copies to provide to all signatories for their records
  • Provide the original copy to the buyer/recipient

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