North Dakota Boat (Vessel) Bill of Sale Form


The North Dakota boat bill of sale form reports the indispensable information regarding the exchange of a prearranged financial quantity for the ownership interest of a watercraft. This filing creates a valid contract, further validated when signed under the supervision of a notary public. The information contained in the form refers to the particulars surrounding the seller, buyer, vessel, and sale terms.

How to Register a Boat

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department oversees the mandate that requires all motorized watercraft to be formally registered with the state. Boats that hold exception to the directive to register are as follows:

  • Lifeboats to be used solely for emergency purposes.
  • Federal or State-owned vessels.
  • Vessels registered in an alternate state or country to be put to use on North Dakota waterways for a time period of less than 90 consecutive days.

To then obtain registration for your vessel via mail or in person at your nearest local North Dakota Game and Fish Department location, appear with the following assembled items:

  • A filled-out North Dakota Watercraft Registration Form (Form SFN 6102).
  • Evidence of ownership:
    • If the vessel is purchased new from a dealer:
    • If the vessel is purchased used from a private party:
      • A copy or photograph of the previous registration and/or reassigned title.
      • A letter conveying a transfer of the vessel signed by the prior owner.
  • A valid photo identification card.
  • An acceptable payment method for all registration taxes and fees (statement of expenses can be viewed on the registration form).

To mail in your application, finalize the above documents with acceptable postage to be sent to:

North Dakota Game and Fish Department
Watercraft Registrations
100 N. Bismarck Expressway
Bismarck, ND 58501

Once you have sent in the required paperwork, allow 5-10 business days for your registration and decals to arrive. Additionally, you can apply for your temporary registration permit while your registration is being processed, it will permit you a full ten days of use until your registration arrives.

 How to Complete the Form

Step 1 – Download the Adobe PDF by clicking on the link.

Step 2 –  Insert the designated price at which the boat is to be sold.

Step 3 – Buyer/Seller Information – Submit the requested information in relation to the buyer and seller:

  • Name
  • Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code

Step 4 – Description of Vessel – Enter the information relevant to the vessel being sold:

  • 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 case that there is a trailer that comes with the boat, and it will be part of the sale, make sure to include the following information:

  • Make
  • Model
  • Year
  • Serial Number

Step 6 – If the vessel currently has a lien on it, specify the information regarding the claim in detail in the space provided.

Step 7 – Proffer signatures from the buyer and seller with the corresponding date of sale to signal an accord. To warrant additional certification to the document’s authenticity, arrange for the signatures to be given in the presence of witnesses or a notary public.