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Virginia Boat Bill of Sale Form

The Virginia Boat Bill of Sale is a legal document to prove the legal sale and purchase of a vessel in the state of Virginia. This document will provide necessary information regarding the change of ownership, identifiable information pertaining to the boat, and will include information regarding the seller and buyer. This document may be required as a part of the registration process and notarization is required.

Register a Boat in Virginia

If you’ve recently purchased a boat in Virginia, you must have it at least temporarily registered before you may operate a vessel on Virginia waterways. If you’re visiting the state and plan to return to the state where your boat is registered for 90 consecutive days or less, there will be no need to register.

Where to Register – When you have gathered your documentation, you would take it or mail it to one of the The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) Locations to register your vessel

Needed to Register – Gather the following information to register your vessel:

How to Write

Step 1 – Seller and Buyer Information – Seller and buyer 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 regarding the vessel:

  • 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 any of the boxes that apply. Enter additional information where requested:

  • Check the box if the seller prefers to accept only monetary funds as payment – Enter the worded dollar amount
  • Enter the dollar amount in numbers
  • Enter the date indicating when payment will be made, in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Provide a date in which this document will be known as, in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Should it be agreed that payment will be made at a later date, enter that date, in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Other – If another agreement has been made, enter the details
  • Check the box if the boat is a gift
  • Check the last box if this will be a trade. Briefly describe the terms pertaining to the trade agreement

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

  • Enter any known defects with regard to the vessel
  • Once the statements have been reviewed and the seller has entered the defects (if applicable) the seller may provide their signature

Step 5 – Signatures – If all signatories are present before a notary public and have been identified, all parties must provide the following:

  • 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 signatures, the notary will then complete the remainder of the form and affix the state seal.

  • Provide copies to all signatories for their records
  • Give the original copy to the purchaser

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