Washington Vehicle/Boat Bill of Sale

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A Washington Vehicle/Boat Bill of Sale is a document that provides a record of the legal transfer of ownership of a motor vehicle or boat. The bill of sale will identify the buyer and the seller, describe the boat or vehicle changing hands, and name the terms of the transaction.  This document is needed to register, and may be useful for tax purposes.

Signing requirements – Both the buyer and the seller must sign the document. While it does not require notarization, other registration documents will.

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Registering a Vehicle

Any vehicle driven by a Washington resident must be registered with the state Department of Licensing (DOL) to drive on Washington roads. This includes buyers of new or used vehicles, as well as those relocating to the state. Vehicle buyers have must formally transfer ownership with the state within 15 days of purchase. (If the vehicle is bought from a dealership, the dealer will generally handle this task.) Registration must be renewed each year, and may renewals may be completed online.

Where to Register a Vehicle

Vehicle registration may be completed at a local DOL office

Required Documents for vehicles

  • A bill of sale
  • A Vehicle Title Application, filled out either in the presence of a notary or a state licensing or DOL agent
  • If the vehicle is less than 10 years old, an odometer disclosure statement; the odometer disclosure statement is not available online, and must be obtained through a licensing office
  • Proof of payment of all taxes and registration fees. Vehicle taxes and fees can vary widely in Washington. A fee calculator is available here and will provide an estimate, but buyers should contact a licensing location to obtain the final amount

Registering a Boat

As with vehicles, boats must be registered to operate in Washington waters. The exceptions are for boats not powered by a motor or a sail, boats of less than 16 feet in length possessing a motor of fewer than 10 horsepower, and those of non-residents visiting the states for a period under 60 days. Boating regulations are promulgated by the Recreation and Conservation Office, but, as with vehicles, registration is handled by the Department of Licensing (DOL), and buyers must register a boat within 15 days of purchase.

Where to Register a Boat

Boats may be registered by mail or in person at any state vehicle licensing office

Required Documents for Boats

  • A completed Vessel Title Application
  • A bill of sale
  • If the boat was previously registered in another state, the out-of-state registration
  • If the boat was previously titled in another state, the out of state title (Note: In Washington, the title usually must be signed over in the presence of a state licensing agent)
  • Proof of payment of sales and use taxes