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What Is a Hawaii Bill of Sale?

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

What Are Some Common Bills of Sale Used in Hawaii?

The most commonly used bills of sale in Hawaii are the general bill of sale, a motor vehicle bill of sale, a boat bill of sale, and a gun bill of sale.

How Do I Write a Hawaii Bill of Sale?

To write a Hawaii bill of sale, you must have specific information about the buyer, seller, and the item that is being sold. For every bill of sale, regardless of the item being sold, you should include the buyer and the seller:

  • Their full legal name (printed)
  • Their physical address (including city, state, and zip code)
  • The date of the bill of sale
  • The driver's license number of each party. If one of the parties doesn't have a valid driver's license, you could use the number listed on their state ID card
  • Specific information about the item being sold

When creating a bill of sale, there’s no need to rely on legal jargon. You can write in plain English as long as you remember to include all of the required elements. If you’re one of the parties listed in the Hawaii bill of sale, make sure that you have more than one copy of the completed document for your records.

Is a Hawaii Bill of Sale Required to Register a Motor Vehicle?

Yes. A notarized bill of sale is required if you're registering a vehicle that was previously registered in another state. If you're buying the vehicle from a dealership, the dealership will likely complete the registration process on your behalf. If they don't, you'll need to complete an Application for Registration Form CS-L (MVR) 1, provide a current Hawaii vehicle inspection certificate, and active duty service members who are not state residents will need to complete a Non-Resident Certificate, Form CS-L (MVR) 50. You must also be prepared to pay all associated fees. A partial list of forms may be found here.

For vehicles registered out of state, you'll need a bill of sale, a current out of state registration, a current Hawaii vehicle inspection certificate, and a completed CSL-L (MVR) 27.

Is a Hawaii Bill of Sale Form Required to Register a Boat?

Yes. A Hawaii bill of sale is required to register a boat. The bill of sale must be notarized. To register the boat, you'll need to complete a Vessel Registration Form, present a Hawaiian driver's license or state ID card, and pay the registration fees.

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

Sometimes. In many instances, a bill of sale is required to register a gun in Hawaii. In order to own a gun in Hawaii, you must apply for a Permit to Acquire. This must be granted before you can buy or own a gun. There are a few exceptions to this law. Guns must be registered with your local police station. If you're selling a gun to another person, you must get a copy of their permit before you make the transfer. Then, you must submit all information to the police department within 48 hours of the sale.

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