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Texas Boat Bill of Sale Form

The Texas Vessel Bill of Sale is a document that is used solely for the purpose of proving the legal sale and purchase of a vessel. The document will also provide needed information with regard to specific information regarding the vessel’s identity, change of ownership and information regarding the seller and buyer. This form is often used for registration and notarization is required.

Register a Vessel in Texas

In order to operate any motorized vessel/boat in the state of Texas, it must be registered and must display proper numbers and decals

Where to Register – When you are prepared to register a vessel/boat in Texas, gather the proper documentation and appear at one of the TPWD Locations near you.

Needed to Register – Gather the following information prior to going to register:

For a new vessel/boat –

For a used vessel/boat –

Fees – 

  • A vessel of 16 ft: $32
  • A Livery boat less than 16 ft: $32
  • A boat of 16 ft to 26 ft: $53
  • Any vessel/boat 26 ft to 40 ft: $110
  • Any vessel 40 ft or more: $150

How to Write

Step 1 – Seller and Buyer Information – The parties must provide 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 required information:

  • 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 – Price – Check all applicable boxes and provide required information:

  • Check the box if the seller prefers only monetary funds as payment – Enter the worded dollar amount
  • Enter the dollar amount in numbers
  • Enter the agreed date that payment will be made (mm/dd/yyyy format)
  • Enter the date in which this document will be known as (mm/dd/yyyy format)
  • If agreed that payment will be made at a later date, enter a new date (mm/dd/yyyy format)
  • Other – If different provisions have been made, enter the description of the agreement
  • Check the box if the vessel/boat is only intended as a gift with no monetary arrangement required
  • Check the last box if this will be an even-trade. Briefly describe the terms

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

  • Record any known defects
  • Once complete, the seller may then provide their signature

Step 5 – Signatures – If all signing parties are before a notary public and have been identified by the notary enter:

  • 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 of the signatures, the notary must will complete the form. The notary will then affix their state seal.

  • Make copies of the form
  • Give the original copy to the recipient

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