"Boat Bill of Sale" - Texas

What Is a Texas Boat Bill of Sale?

A Texas Boat Bill of Sale is a legal document you fill out when selling or purchasing a boat or outboard motor in the state of Texas. Traditionally, it contains personal information that identifies a seller and buyer, the description of the sold item, and the main terms and conditions of the sale. You may create your own Texas Boat Bill of Sale using our customizable template online or simply download and complete the ready-made document below.

Alternate Name:

  • Texas Vessel Bill of Sale;
  • Texas Watercraft Bill of Sale.
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Do You Need a Bill of Sale for a Boat in Texas?

There is no government-issued form you can use to record the sale of your watercraft. However, it is essential to document the deal because the purchaser must register the vessel once the bill of sale is signed and the title is transferred. Moreover, a bill of sale serves as a purchase receipt and material evidence of the transaction.

You are also required to fill out Form PWD 1340, Vessel/Boat or Outboard Motor Ownership Transfer Notification. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department must be notified of a sale or gift of a watercraft or outboard motor, so a seller has to submit the boat or outboard motor information and a parties' personal details within 15 days of the date of a transaction.

How to Fill out a Texas Boat Bill of Sale?

The bill of sale is the most important document you must prepare when selling a boat in Texas. Include the following information in your template:

  1. Seller and buyer details - their full names, mailing addresses, and phone numbers;
  2. Description of the boat or outboard motor. Add its registration number, serial number, hull identification number or motor identification number, make, and year. Mention if the item is being sold in its current condition or if the seller provides any guarantees;
  3. Date of the sale and the sum of money paid;
  4. Loans or encumbrances, if the transferred vessel has any;
  5. Signatures of the parties.

When a bill of sale is filled out, the seller must complete the Vessel Application Form (PWD 143) or the Outboard Motor Application Form (PWD 144). It is also necessary to give the purchaser a valid title if the boat has any. Once the buyer has all the documents, it is required to submit them along with proof of paid fees to a Texas Parks and Wildlife field office within twenty working days.

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

The state of Texas does not require a notary public's certification for boat sales but it is generally a good idea to have a notary or witness to a sale in order to confirm the transaction has taken place. 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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Texas Boat Bill of Sale
This Bill of Sale has been made on ________________, _____, in the County of
________________, in the ​ S tate of Texas ​ 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: ​ _ ________________________________________________
Texas Boat Bill of Sale
This Bill of Sale has been made on ________________, _____, in the County of
________________, in the ​ S tate of Texas ​ 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 ​ T exas
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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