New Jersey Boat (Vessel) Bill of Sale Forms

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The New Jersey boat bill of sale form creates a written record of the transaction occurring between a seller and buyer exchanging a watercraft for a predetermined monetary worth. The official form lists important information to make a thorough record of exchange, such as names and addresses of the seller and buyer, vessel specifics, selling price and confirming signatures upon agreement. The legal testimonial provides a secure transaction should there arise a dispute or liability issue after the conclusion of the sale.

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    How to Register a Boat

    To lawfully administer the use of most watercraft upon New Jersey waterways, one must obtain registration with the state. Vessels exempt from the requirement is as follows:

    • Vessels not mechanically propelled by a motor:
      • Vessels under a total length of 12 feet, canoes, kayaks, surfboards, rowboats and/or inflatable floating objects.
    • Vessels mechanically propelled by a motor:
      • Vessels currently registered in another state with visible decals in place to be utilized for a time period of lesser than 180 days.
      • Vessels properly registered in another country with viewable markings to display identification to be utilized for a time period of lesser than 180 days.
      • Designated lifeboats.
      • Vessels that are the property of the federal or state governments.

    In addition to boat registration obligation, any watercraft with a length of 12 feet and over must be titled with the State of New Jersey with the exception of:

    • Canoes, kayaks, surfboards, rowboats, lifeboats and/or inflatable floating objects.

    In order to establish official registration for a vessel, the boat must have an assigned hull identification number. If the watercraft does not present one, a number must be granted via inspection by visiting a local New Jersey Marine Services Bureau facility prior to registration application. Upon reception of a valid hull identification number,  you can then attend the nearest New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commision location with the following procured filings to register:

    • A filled New Jersey Application for Certificate of Title for Vessel (Form BA-51).
    • When registering newly purchased boats:
      • Manufacturer’s certificate of origin.
      • Receipt of sale.
    • When registering used boats purchased from a private party:
      • Correctly reassigned title or prior registration if coming from a non-titling state.
      • An officially notarized Bill of Sale.
    • Identification of the name, address, and EIN for the lienholder, should the boat be financed.
    • A confirmed form of payment for all associated taxes and fees.

     How to Complete the Form

    Step 1 – Aquire the Bill of Sale Adobe PDF by clicking the link to download.

    Step 2 –  Specify the agreed-upon purchase price on the first blank line.

    Step 3 – Buyer/Seller Information – Type in the necessary information related tot he buyer and the seller involved in the exchange as follows:

    • Name
    • Address
    • City
    • State
    • Zip Code

    Step 4 – Description of Vessel – Complete the requested information regarding the identification of the watercraft:

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

    Step 5 – Description of Trailer – In the instance, that boat comes along with a boat trailer, submit the information for the said trailer as follows:

    • Make
    • Model
    • Year
    • Serial Number

    Step 6 – Should there be an active claim on the vessel, utilize the provided space to describe the loan or lien in detail.

    Step 7 – Once you have completed the form, you can then endorse and date the document with help from a supervising notary official. They can then finalize the paperwork as needed.