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Vermont Vessel Bill of Sale Form

The Vermont Vessel Bill of Sale is considered a legal document that is used to prove the legal sale and purchase of a boat in the state of Vermont. This form will disclose information regarding the identification of the vessel, change of ownership as well, buyer and seller information. This document is sometimes needed for registration and will require notarization.

Register a Vessel in Vermont

If you’ve purchased a vessel in the state of Vermont and you’re a resident, it must be registered to operate on Vermont waterways. If you are a visitor to the state, there is no registration unless you plan to remain in the state longer than 90 consecutive days in which case, your vessel must be registered as a resident of the state of Vermont.

Where to Register – When you’re prepared to register your vessel/boat, gather the required documentation and appear in person at any one of your local VT DMV locations to register

Needed to Register – Gather the following documentation to register your vessel/boat:

  • You must present a completed Motorboat Registration & Title Application (Form TA-VD-37)
  • A bill of sale
  • Should the vessel/boat be purchased new or if the title shows previous ownership, you must then provide a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO)
  • Be prepared to pay all registration fees

Vessel/Boat Fee Schedule:

  • If you’re registering a Class A, less than 16 ft: $27
  • If the vessel is considered a Class I, 16 ft to 26 ft: $43
  • If you need to register a Class II, 26 ft to 40 ft: $70
  • A Class III, 40 ft and longer will be a $136 registration fee

How to Write

Step 1 – Seller and Buyer Information – Each party must enter their individual information:

  • 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 pertaining to the vessel/boat:

  • 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. Enter any additional information requested:

  • Check the box if the seller prefers to only receive monetary funds as payment – Enter the worded dollar amount
  • Enter the dollar amount in numbers
  • Enter the date that payment will be made, in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Enter a date this document will be known, in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • If there is an agreement that payment will be made at a later date, enter a date, in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Other – If different arrangements have been made, enter the conditions of the agreement
  • Check the box if the vessel/boat is only intended as a gift for the recipient
  • Check the last box if this will be an agreed even-trade. Briefly describe the conditions

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

  • Record any known defects with regard to the vessel
  • Once complete, the seller may provide their signature

Step 5 – Signatures – If all signing parties are before a notary then all 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, they will complete the remainder of notary process, completing the remainder of the document

  • Make copies for record keeping
  • Supply the original copy to the recipient

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