Colorado Boat (Vessel) Bill of Sale Form


The Colorado boat bill of sale form conveys the relevant information in connection with the transfer of watercraft from one owner to the next. It demonstrates an agreement in conjunction with the contract and displays the material vessel information, buyer and seller information, along with stipulated purchase price and signatures to indicate an accord in writing. The state does not necessarily obligate the owner to present a bill of sale upon registration, although it is highly suggested for other liability, tax and ownership purposes for future use.

How to Register a Boat

Any vessel propelled by a motor or sail must be registered by the state of Colorado. After purchasing a watercraft, you are allowed to use your bill of sale as a temporary form of registration, although you must have it adequately registered within 30 days. Boats such as kayaks and canoes will not be required to be registered. However, you must display the name and address of the owner viewable on the vessel. You may use an out-of-state boat on Colorado waters without registering for a maximum of 60 days.

Attend the Colorado Parks and Wildlife facility closest in proximity to you with the following materials:

  • A fully filled-out Colorado Boat Registration Application (Form REGIS1102).
  • A written record showing verifiable proof of ownership of the vessel such as the bill of sale, prior registration, Title, or a Manufacturer’s Certificate.
  • A form of payment to submit registration fees for a vessel:
    • Less than a total length of 20 feet – $35.25
    • With a length between 20 – 30 feet – $45.25
    • With a length of over 30 feet – $75.25

Registration is active from January 1st until it expires each year on December 31st when it will need to be renewed for a flat administrative fee.

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF.

Step 2 – Insert the price at which the boat was sold.

Step 3 – Buyer/Seller Information – Include all buyer and seller data applicable to the sale of the vessel.

  • Name
  • Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code

Step 4 – Description of Vessel – Input the significant information identifying the watercraft 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 a trailer for the boat is a part of the sale, make sure to disclose its information as follows:

  • Make
  • Model
  • Year
  • Serial Number

Step 6 – This section need only be completed if there is an existing loan on the boat that has not yet been fulfilled. If so, signify the associated information for the claim here.

Step 7 – Complete the form with endorsements from both parties and indicate the date of signature.

Step 8 – This portion is to be filled out by a notary and/or witnesses to the signatures and agreement to the contract.