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What is an Alaska Bill of Sale?

An Alaska bill of sale is used to document the change in legal ownership of the item described. While a bill of sale isn't needed for every single item involved in a personal sale, it's still important. It can prove that you either have the right to possess the item or transfer the right to possess the item.

What Are Some Common Bills of Sale Used in Alaska?

The most commonly used bills of sale in Alaska are general bills of sale, bills of sale for ATVs (or snow machines), bills of sale for motor vehicles, bills of sale for boats, and bills of sale for guns. Remember that both parties listed in the bill of sale should sign and date it. Both should also keep extra copies of it once it is completed.

How Do I Write an Alaska Bill of Sale

All bills of sale should list the name, address (including city and state), and a driver's license number for the buyer.

The seller’s name and address (including city and state) should also be listed.

Depending on what the bill of sale is for, you may not need a valid driver's license. You may be able to use the number from a state ID card. However, if a motor vehicle of some kind is involved, you must have a valid driver's license.

Is an Alaska Bill of Sale Required to Register a Motor Vehicle?

Yes. A motor vehicle bill of sale is required to register a motor vehicle with the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles. If the vehicle has never been registered in Alaska, you must complete the registration process within 10 days of buying it or bringing it into the state. However, if you buy the vehicle from a dealer in Alaska, they usually submit everything you need to the DMV for registration purposes. If you do not have a DMV within 50 miles of your home, you may print out the PDF Title Application 812 form, complete it, and mail it in along with the rest of the required documentation.

Vehicle registration requires the title, a completed Title Application 812, the vehicle identification number (VIN) as recorded by an inspector approved by the DMV, and the registration fee and taxes. If you're buying the vehicle from a private party, you will also need a lien release, an odometer disclosure statement, and proof of previous registration.

Is an Alaska Bill of Sale Required to Register a Boat?

Yes. You need an Alaska bill of sale to register your boat. New and used boats that are powered in some way must be registered with the state if they will be used within three miles of the shore regardless of the size of the body of water.

To register your boat, you must include a completed Boat Registration Application, a boat bill of sale (which acts as proof of ownership), and the associated fees. If you do not have a bill of sale, you could use an Affidavit of Ownership, a carpenter's certificate, or a title or proof of registration if you moved to Alaska with the boat.

Is a Bill of Sale Required to Register a Gun in Alaska?

No. Guns are not registered with the state outside of applying for a concealed handgun permit. However, you must be at least 18 years old and have the legal right to own a gun. You must be at least 21 years old to apply for a concealed permit. Concealed permits are good for five years and require renewal. However, an Alaska bill of sale for a gun is still an important document. It can be used to prove that you have legal ownership of a gun or that you transferred ownership of the firearm.

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