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Tennessee Watercraft Bill of Sale Form

The Tennessee Watercraft Bill of Sale is a document that is provided by the state of Tennessee to prove the legal sale and purchase of a boat in the state. The form will provide information regarding the seller, the buyer, prove change of ownership and identification of the watercraft. This document will not require notarization.

Register a Watercraft in Tennessee

The state of Tennessee requires that all motorized boats/vessels and all sailboats which are principally used in Tennessee must be registered. Boats requiring registration must be properly registered before using them on any public waterway in the state of Tennessee. Currently, all registered boats from other states may use Tennessee waters unless Tennessee becomes their state of principal use at which point the vessel must be registered.

Where to Register – After gathering all of the proper documentation, you will need to appear at one of the County Clerk’s Locations near you.

Needed to Register – Gather the following:

  • You must appear at your local County Clerk’s office to complete a registration application
  • A bill of sale
  • If this is the first time the vessel/boat is being registered, the dealer from whom you’ve purchased the vessel/boat or county clerk must stamp your application verifying that the sales tax has been paid on the vessel

You may then drop off your information or you may mail it to your county clerk’s office.

How to Write

Step 1 – Buyer’s Information – Buyer must provide the following information:

  • First Name
  • Middle Initial
  • Last Name
  • Physical Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code

Step 2 – Seller’s Information – Seller must enter the following:

  • First Name
  • Middle Initial
  • Last Name
  • Physical Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code

Step 3 – Boat Description – Enter the description of the vessel/boat:

  • Date of sale
  • Make of boat
  • Model
  • Year built
  • Length
  • Present number on the boat
  • Hull number (HIN)

Step 4 – Trade in Information (if any) – Enter only if applicable:

  • Make of Boat
  • Year Built
  • Model
  • Length
  • Present TN Number

Step 5 – Sale Information – To be entered as follows:

  • Selling Price
  • Less the trade in amount (if any)
  • Difference

Step 6 – Signatures – All parties must enter the following information:

The Seller –

  • Seller’s Signature
  • Seller’s Printed Name

The Buyer –

  • Buyer’s Signature
  • Buyer’s Printed Name

 


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