Vermont Boat Bill of Sale Form

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Updated May 31, 2022

A Vermont boat bill of sale is a legal document used to record and verify the transfer of ownership of a boat in the State of Vermont. This form will identify the buyer and the seller describes the vessel and contains the terms of the change of ownership. This document may be needed for registration and tax purposes.

Signing Requirements – Both the buyer and the seller must sign the document, but it does not need to be notarized.

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Registering a Boat

All boats owned by Vermont residents must be registered with the state Department of Motor Vehicles to operate on Vermont waters. (Visitors to the state are exempt from registration so long as they remain in the state no longer than ninety (90) consecutive days.) Vermont law does not specify how soon a buyer must register a boat after purchasing it, but the best practice is to do so as soon as possible. Boats may be registered for one or two years. Owners will receive a postcard reminder to renew by mail when registration is pending.

Where to Register

Registration may be completed in person at any of the Vermont DMV locations.

Required Documents