Alabama Boat (Vessel) Bill of Sale Form


The Alabama boat bill of sale form expresses in writing the details of a recorded transfer of personal watercraft for a specified monetary amount. When buying or selling a vessel, you want to adequately document the transaction to protect both involved parties from any discrepancy or dispute. The bill of sale lists essential information about the boat and trailer including the year, make, hull ID, motor model, as well as to the condition in which the vessel will be sold.

How to Register a Boat

All vessels equipped with a motor, sailboats, and boats for hire must be registered with the state of Alabama. When purchasing a boat while residing in Alabama, you must consider that the grace period is dependent on the vessel itself and the state in which it was previously registered. When purchasing a new boat, you are allowed 72 hours from the date of purchase. If you are buying a used boat that was once registered in Alabama, you have a full 15 days to register. However, if the used boat you are buying was formerly registered in another state or country, you are simply required to register it before utilizing it on the water.

To register your boat, you can attend your closest Judge of Probate office, License Commissioner,  or Marine Patrol Division office with the required paperwork:

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF.

Step 2 – In the allocated space, indicate the sales price of the water watercraft.

Step 3 – Buyer/Seller Information – Enter the following information for both the buyer and seller in the designated blanks:

  • Name
  • Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code

Step 4 – Description of Vessel – Input the necessary information on the boat that is being transferred:

  • Make
  • Year
  • Hull ID Number
  • Registration Number
  • Title Number
  • Motor Model
  • Year (of Motor)
  • Odometer Reading (in hours)

Step 5 – Description of Trailer – If the boat involved in the exchange is accompanied by a vessel trailer, include the following details:

  • Make
  • Model
  • Year
  • Serial Number

Step 6 – If there are any outstanding loans on the watercraft, make sure to indicate in this section.

Step 7 – Record the date of sale, followed by the signatures of the buyer and seller.

Step 8 – To legitimize the agreement, it is advised that you sign the form in the presence of a notary public or witnesses that can be made available to supervise the endorsement. In the case that you use two witnesses, input the full name of each witness, and collect a signature from each. If you intend to use a notary, the portion of the form at the bottom is allotted for use.