What type of property is being sold?

Motor vehicle
Boat / Watercraft

What Is a Bill of Sale?


  • A general form that documents the transfer of a used or
    high-valued item from a seller to a buyer
  • A sales receipt for the purchase of vehicles, animals, and personal property such as bikes and firearms
  • Proof that a private sale occurred between friends, family, or acquaintances, or through a buy, sell, and trade website
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Person wanting details

What Information Is Required in a
Bill of Sale?

Information required in a Bill of Sale includes:

  • Date of purchase
  • Location of property
  • Contact details for both the buyer and seller
  • Description and condition of the item
  • Sale price and form of payment
  • Liens or loans on the property

What Items Should Be Sold With a
Bill of Sale?

A Bill of Sale is most commonly used for the private sale of:

  • Vehicles: cars, motorcycles, and RVs
  • Animals: cats, dogs, horses, and other livestock
  • Firearms

A Bill of Sale can also be used for the following
exchange of goods:

  • Boats or other watercrafts
  • Airplanes or other aircrafts
  • Electronics: cell phones, computers, and gaming consoles
  • Personal property: bicycles, musical instruments, and jewelry
  • Appliances, tools, furniture, and exercise equipment
Computer, guitar, red car
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Why Do I Need a Bill of Sale?

Creating a Bill of Sale benefits both the buyer and seller.

For the seller, a Bill of Sale:

  • Demonstrates proof that an exchange of goods took place
  • Protects them from any liability related to the quality or lifespan
    of the item if sold "as-is without any warranties"

For the buyer, a Bill of Sale:

  • Demonstrates proof of payment for the item
  • Transfers legal ownership of the item to the buyer
  • May be required for registration or insurance of the purchased item under the buyer's name

When Do I Use a Bill of Sale?

Use a Bill of Sale when:

  • Payment will be made in full at the time of exchange
  • You are selling personal property in "as-is" condition. An "as-is" sale protects the seller from any liability related to defects or deficiencies in the product after the exchange.
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Do I Need Another Type of Sales Form?

One of these forms may be what you're looking for:

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