Minnesota Boat (Vessel) Bill of Sale Form

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Updated on January 20th, 2021

The Minnesota boat bill of sale form is essentially a concrete log listing the corresponding terms and crucial information associated with the acquisition of a boat for an agreed-upon financial amount. The document is comprised of data on the purchaser and seller, vessel, contractual warranties, and conditions to the agreement. It can be further utilized to furnish evidence of ownership and corroborate transaction particulars.

How to Register a Boat

Minnesota guidelines obligate any motor-propelled vessel or boat that is over 10 feet long to be registered with official channels in-state. Acceptable exceptions to this requirement are either if the boat is non-motorized and 10 feet or under in length, or if the boat is currently registered in another state or country and is to be used in Minnesota for a period of fewer than 90 days.  In addition to these exemptions, other individual cases that exclude the need for registration are as follows: Seaplanes, lifeboats, federally-owned vessels, and boats used solely for duck-hunting.

Obtaining a certificate of title for a vessel may be a possibility and is mandated for most boats over 16 feet in length. This stipulation is mandatory for the same classification of boats above that require registration and additionally exclude:

  • Vessels constructed before August 1, 1979.
  • Rowboats equipped with oar-locks and a motor with 40-horsepower or less.
  • Boats retained by a dealer to be sold or by a manufacturer held primarily for test-use.
  • Boats without a title from the previous state or country in which it was it was registered.

To ensure legitimate registration, visit your local Minnesota Deputy Registrar of Motor Vehicles with the following paperwork ready in hand:

  • A filled Minnesota Watercraft Title and Registration Application.
  • Evidence of ownership through a satisfactory:
    • A Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MCO).
    • A bill of sale.
    • A signed-over title.
    • The prior registration.
  • Evidence of an active vessel insurance policy.
  • Proof of payment of Minnesota sales tax.
  • A valid photo identification.
  • A form of compensation for all fees and taxes required for registration and/or title.

Alternatively, if you wish to send the above materials instead of appearing in-person, you can mail the paperwork to the following address for submission:

DNR License Center
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155

 How to Complete the Form

Step 1 – Begin by downloading the Adobe PDF file.

Step 2 –  Enter the price at which the vessel is to be sold.

Step 3 – Buyer/Seller Information – Insert the relevant information about both parties taking part in the transaction as follows:

  • Name
  • Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code

Step 4 – Description of Vessel – Identify the crucial facts that distinguish this particular vessel:

  • 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 purchase is accompanied by a trailer, submit the corresponding information associated with the trailer:

  • Make
  • Model
  • Year
  • Serial Number

Step 6 – Include essential details on any existing claims or loans on the boat. If there are none to apply you can leave this portion blank or write in “N/A” or “Not Applicable”.

Step 7 – Apply signatures from the buyer and seller to the form and indicate the date of signature.

Step 8 – To ensure the validity of the documentation, arrange for the signatures to be performed under the supervision of a certified notary public to corroborate the act.