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What Is an Arkansas Bill of Sale?

An Arkansas bill of sale is a written record that documents the change of legal ownership of an item. In addition to being required to transfer the legal ownership of an item through a state agency, an Arkansas bill of sale is an important part of personal record keeping. It can be particularly valuable if there is a future legal dispute of some kind involving the item.

What Are Some Common Bills of Sale Used in Arkansas?

In the State of Arkansas, the most common bills of sale include one for general property, motor vehicles, boats, and other watercraft, and guns.

How Do I Write an Arkansas Bill of Sale?

A simple Arkansas bill of sale includes certain information about both the buyer and the seller as well as the item being sold:

  • Their  full legal names (printed)
  • The date of creation for the bill of sale
  • Certain information about the item being sold
  • The amount the item was sold for
  • The signatures of the involved parties
  • In some instances, the bill of sale may also need to be notarized

An Arkansas bill of sale can be written in plain English. There is no need for you to use legal jargon or archaic terms. The important part is to make sure that the bill of sale includes the required elements. If you’re a party listed in an Arkansas bill of sale, make sure that you have more than one copy of the completed document for your records.

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

Yes. You need an Arkansas bill of sale to register a motor vehicle. The vehicle must be registered within 30 days of buying it. If this is the first time the vehicle will be registered in Arkansas or if the vehicle was previously registered in another state, you will need to undergo a VIN (vehicle identification number) inspection during the registration process. For used vehicles, it may also be helpful to have the previous license plate number available as well.

The vehicle registration process takes place at the Department of Revenue Office that is in your area. If you did not buy the vehicle from a dealer, you'll need a completed Form 10-381 to title and register the vehicle. If you've purchased the vehicle from a dealer, you'll need a copy of the Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin. If it is a leased vehicle, you'll need a signed copy of the lease agreement. You'll need an odometer disclosure statement if the vehicle is less than 10 years old. You can either complete the disclosure on the back of the title or you can use Form 10-313 available as a free pdf and is printable.

You must have proof from your county assessor's office that shows the vehicle has been assessed or that it will be assessed this year. You'll also need to provide proof that you've paid your personal property taxes. You'll also need to take proof of insurance with you and be ready to pay all of your registration fees.

Is an Arkansas Bill of Sale Form Required to Register a Boat?

Yes. A boat bill of sale is required to register a boat in Arkansas. You are not allowed to operate the boat until it is registered with the state. Boats must be registered within 30 days of their purchase. However, if your boat doesn't require a motor or sail, you do not have to register it with the state. For boats that must be registered, the process is completed through a Department of Revenue Office.

You'll need the boat bill of sale, proof of insurance if the boat has an engine of 50 HP, proof that the boat has been or will be assessed this year, be able to show that you're up-to-date on your personal property taxes, and be ready to pay your registration fee. To learn more about boat registration, visit the Motor Boat Registration website hosted by DFA of Arkansas.

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

No. Although Arkansas Statutes 5-73-301 through 5-73-321 do not list any specific requirements, such as a bill of sale, to transfer the ownership of a gun, using a bill of sale is still beneficial. It helps document that the transfer of ownership took place. An Arkansas bill of sale for a gun will also make the concealed licensing process easier because it proves that you own the gun for which you are seeking a concealed license.

In Arkansas, you must be at least 18 years old to purchase a gun. Those under the age of 18 must have written consent or express consent of their parent or guardian to buy a weapon.

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