"Boat Bill of Sale" - Illinois

What Is an Illinois Boat Bill of Sale?

An Illinois Boat Bill of Sale is a document you fill out when selling or buying watercraft in the state of Illinois. It usually contains personal details that allow identifying both parties of a deal, the description of the sold boat, and the terms of the sale.

Alternate Name:

  • Illinois Watercraft Bill of Sale.

The state does not provide any government-issued form. Any simple template is valid as long as it contains the needed basic information. Download the Illinois-specific Boat Bill of Sale through the link below and use it during your transfers. Alternatively, you can customize our online template according to your needs and state requirements.

Does a Boat Bill of Sale Have to Be Notarized in Illinois?

Illinois does not require notarization for a Boat Bill of Sale but if you wish to have extra protection, you may have your document notarized. This can save any potential trouble which might occur should the seller or buyer contest the transaction at a later date.

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How to Sell a Boat in Illinois?

When selling a boat in Illinois, you should watch out for two aspects: the condition of the boat and the proper paperwork. The most important document you should prepare is the Illinois Boat Bill of Sale. Fill it out as follows:

  1. Enter your name and physical address;
  2. Indicate the name and address of the buyer;
  3. Provide a full description of the boat: the make, model, year, color, and hull identification number;
  4. If you sell the boat with an outboard motor or a trailer, add their descriptions and serial numbers as well;
  5. Enter the details of your deal. The minimal required information is the sales price of the watercraft and the date of sale. If you have agreed upon any additional terms, indicate them as well;
  6. Sign the document and ask the buyer to sign it;
  7. Prepare two copies of the document: for you and for your buyer. In addition, you should provide your buyer with the original Illinois watercraft title or the power of attorney and lien release letter (if applicable). Note that since June 2018, the Certificate of Title is not required for boats under 22 ft.

Though Illinois does not have any government-released form, the Bill of Sale is still a required document in most boat transfers. A buyer will need this document for use as boat registration if they have purchased:

  • Class 1 watercraft (Bill of Sale is required for the registration of jet skis and personal watercraft only);
  • Class 2 watercraft (boat length is 16 ft. to 25 ft.);
  • Class 3 watercraft (26 ft. to 39 ft.);
  • Class 4 watercraft (40 ft. and longer).

This document is necessary only if you buy a used boat from an individual or retailer. Used boats bought from a dealer do not require a Bill of Sale for registration.

Whether the document is required in your situation or not, you are still advised to prepare it. It will protect both parties of the deal from possible fraudulent claims. If properly filled out, it is important evidence of the transfer of the described boat. The transfer details like the date of sale and the sales price will be necessary if the Illinois Department of Revenue has any questions regarding the deal.


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Illinois Boat Bill of Sale
This Bill of Sale has been made on ________________, _____, in the County of
________________, in the ​ S tate of Illinois ​ b etween the following parties:
________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as the "Buyer") with a
mailing address of ______________________________________________________,
and ________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as the "Seller")
with a mailing address of _________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________.
Purchase Price
The Buyer agrees to pay $___________________, which include Municipal, County,
and State taxes, to the Seller in exchange for the possession and ownership of the
following described boat:
Boat make: ​ _ __________________________________________________________
Year: ​ _ _______________________________________________________________
Hull Identification Number (HIN): ​ _ ______________________________________
Length: ​ _ _____________________________________________________________
Boat type: ​ _ ___________________________________________________________
Odometer reading: ​ _ ___________________________________________________
Registration status: ​ _ ___________________________________________________
Boat registration number: ​ _ _____________________________________________
State of registration: ​ _ __________________________________________________
Trailer make (if included): ​ _ _____________________________________________
Year: ​ _ _______________________________________________________________
Trailer VIN: ​ _ _________________________________________________________
License plate number: ​ _ ________________________________________________
Illinois Boat Bill of Sale
This Bill of Sale has been made on ________________, _____, in the County of
________________, in the ​ S tate of Illinois ​ b etween the following parties:
________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as the "Buyer") with a
mailing address of ______________________________________________________,
and ________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as the "Seller")
with a mailing address of _________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________.
Purchase Price
The Buyer agrees to pay $___________________, which include Municipal, County,
and State taxes, to the Seller in exchange for the possession and ownership of the
following described boat:
Boat make: ​ _ __________________________________________________________
Year: ​ _ _______________________________________________________________
Hull Identification Number (HIN): ​ _ ______________________________________
Length: ​ _ _____________________________________________________________
Boat type: ​ _ ___________________________________________________________
Odometer reading: ​ _ ___________________________________________________
Registration status: ​ _ ___________________________________________________
Boat registration number: ​ _ _____________________________________________
State of registration: ​ _ __________________________________________________
Trailer make (if included): ​ _ _____________________________________________
Year: ​ _ _______________________________________________________________
Trailer VIN: ​ _ _________________________________________________________
License plate number: ​ _ ________________________________________________
Description of the motor (if included): ​ _ _________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
Additional Terms and Conditions
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
The Buyer and Seller acknowledge that the boat is being sold without any
representations ("as-is") and that after the sale the Seller shall not have any liabilities
other than the ones detailed in this Bill of Sale.
This Bill of Sale was signed in front of a Notary Public.
Buyer's Signature​ ______________________________
Buyer's Name __________________________________
Seller's Signature ​ _ _____________________________
Seller's Name __________________________________
First Witness Signature​ _________________________
First Witness Printed Name _______________________
Second Witness Signature​ _______________________
Second Witness Printed Name _____________________
Certificate of Acknowledgement
State of ​ I llinois
County of ___________________
On the ___ day of _____________, _____, before me, ________________________,
personally appeared, _______________________________, who proved to me on the
basis of satisfactory evidence to be the person(s) whose name(s) is/are subscribed to
the within instrument and acknowledged to me that he/she/they executed the same in
his/her/their authorized capacity(ies), and that by his/her/their signature(s) on the
instrument the person(s) or the entity upon behalf of which the person(s) acted,
executed the instrument.
WITNESS my hand and official seal.
___________________
Signature of Notary Public
___________________
Printed name of Notary Public
My Commission expires: ___________________
(seal)
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