"Boat Bill of Sale Form" - Virginia

What Is a Virginia Boat Bill of Sale?

A Virginia Boat Bill of Sale is a legal form you complete during the sale of watercraft in the state of Virginia. This is one of the essential documents that make the transfer of boats legitimate, confirm the fact of payment, and protect the seller and buyer from any possible disputes in the future. It contains the key details of the specific deal, like the names of both parties, description of the sold boat, sales price, and date of transfer.

Alternate Names:

  • Watercraft Bill of Sale;
  • Vessel Bill of Sale.

The Commonwealth of Virginia does not have a state-issued form you can use to record the fact of sale of your watercraft. Download a printable Virginia Boat Bill of Sale form through the link below or create it yourself with our online form builder.

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How to Sell a Boat in Virginia?

A properly completed Virginia Watercraft Bill of Sale form should contain the following information: the full names, addressed, ID numbers of both parties of the transfer and full description of the vessel, price, date, and signatures. Additionally, you will need to file Form BRT-010 - a form used to register and title a new or used boat - with a detailed description of the watercraft, including the make, length, and model year, type of vessel, hull material, hull number, horsepower, and the serial number of the motor.

The new owner of the watercraft may use the vessel for 30 days from the date of purchase, having the Bill of Sale and valid Certificate of Number from the former owner. After that, the new owner must apply for a transfer of ownership using the forms provided by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

While transferring your vessel, you may be required to fill out some other forms provided by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries:

  1. Form BRT-003, Certification of Authority to Transfer Watercraft Registration/Title when the Owner is Deceased is required if the holder of a registration certificate of vessel title has passed away.
  2. Form BRT-004, Affidavit for Transfer of Certificate of Watercraft Registration/Title is used when the new owner cannot obtain the title from the seller.
  3. Form BRT-005, Affidavit for Transfer of Watercraft Title and Registration by Operation of Law is applied when the new owner received ownership in cases such as bankruptcy, divorce, execution sale or court order.
  4. Form BRT-006, Abandoned Boat Affidavit is used to apply for ownership of a boat abandoned on your property for at least 60 days.
  5. Form BRT-007, Titling/Registering Watercraft for Estray and Drift Property is used to apply for ownership of boats that have been washed up on your property or found adrift on the public waters.

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

The state of Virginia does not require a notary public's certification for 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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Virginia Boat Bill of Sale
This Bill of Sale has been made on ________________, _____, in the County of
________________, in the ​ S tate of Virginia ​ 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: ​ _ ________________________________________________
Virginia Boat Bill of Sale
This Bill of Sale has been made on ________________, _____, in the County of
________________, in the ​ S tate of Virginia ​ 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): ​ _ _________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
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Additional Terms and Conditions
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_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
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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 ​ V irginia
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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