New Hampshire Boat (Vessel) Bill of Sale Form


Updated on January 20th, 2021

The New Hampshire boat bill of sale form generates a secure permissible contract to illustrate evidence of a transaction where a vessel is exchanged for a monetary consideration. This legal agreement confirms the sale by documenting details such as the seller, purchaser, sale, and boat information followed by signatures to corroborate the authenticity of the trade. This particular agreement can come in use when registering and titling the watercraft in the state of New Hampshire.

How to Register a Boat

To adequately meet the requirements set forth by the state of New Hampshire, any boat propelled by a motor or sail to be utilized upon inland or coastal waters must be legally registered with state authorities. Exceptions to this particular regulation include:

  • Vessels registered in another state that will be employed for a period of no longer than 30 days.
  • Designated lifeboats.
  • Sailboats that measure less than 12 feet in length.
  • Federally or state-owned vessels.

To register a watercraft you can elect to mail in the required information or gather the following documentation to hand-deliver at your nearest New Hampshire DMV facility:

  • A filled and endorsed New Hampshire Boat Registration Application (Form DSMV 157A).
  • A completed bill of sale form.
  • Evidence of active boat owner’s insurance.
  • Should your vessel not come with a noted hull identification number, a finalized New Hampshire Verification of Vessel Identification will be required.
    • If you do not have a registered hull identification number listed on the hull of your vessel, you may need to arrange to have one issued to you once the boat undergoes a state inspection with the local police department. Once the review is complete, you will be supplied a signed form to present for registration.
  • A valid photo ID.
  • Acceptable payment for registration fees and taxes.

If you choose to mail in your materials, seal the paperwork in an envelope with sufficient postage to send to:

New Hampshire Department of Safety
DMV Boat Registrations
23 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305

 How to Complete the Form

Step 1 – Load the Adobe PDF to your device consisting of the bill of sale form.

Step 2 – Type the full purchase price of the boat.

Step 3 – Buyer/Seller Information – List all applicable information requested for both the buyer and seller of the watercraft:

  • Name
  • Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code

Step 4 – Description of Vessel – Include the information related to the vessel particulars as follows:

  • Make
  • Year
  • Principal Hull Material
  • Hull ID Number
  • Registration Number
  • Capacity
  • Title Number
  • Vessel Color(s)
  • Vessel Length
  • Principal State for Use
  • Vessel For Use on (select one):
    • Inland Waters
    • Tidal Waters
  • Motor Model
  • Year (of Motor)
  • Odometer Reading (in hours)
  • Horsepower
  • Fuel Type (select one):
    • Gasoline
    • Diesel
    • Electric
  • Onboard Toilet, Shower or Sink (select yes or no)
  • Propulsion Type (select one):
    • Outboard
    • Inboard
    • Electric
    • Sail
  • Engine Type (select one):
    • Single-engine
    • Twin-engine
  • Primary Use

Step 5 – Description of Trailer – If the exchange incorporates an accompanying trailer, detail the key components as follows:

  • Make
  • Model
  • Year
  • Serial Number

Step 6 – Denote any current claims, leases, loans, or encumbrances linked to the vessel at the time of sale.

Step 7 – Complete the agreement with signatures from both the buyer and seller, along with the date of signature. To further the credibility of the contract, you can elect to sign with witnesses or an official notary present to oversee the transaction.