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What Is an Idaho Bill of Sale?

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

What Are Some Common Bills of Sale Used in Idaho?

In Idaho, the most commonly used bills of sale include a general bill of sale, a bill of sale for a motor vehicle, a bill of sale for a boat, and a bill of sale for a gun.

How Do I Write an Idaho Bill of Sale?

To write an Idaho bill of sale, including the following information:

  • The legal name of the buyer and seller (printed)
  • The date the bill of sale is created
  • The amount of money the item was sold for
  • A description of the item sold
  • The signature of each party

An Idaho bill of sale can be written in plain English, without the need for 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 the bill of sale, make sure that you keep more than one copy of the completed document.

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

Yes. An Idaho bill of sale is required to register a vehicle. In Idaho, a vehicle bill of sale lists the amount that the buyer pays for the vehicle. The amount listed on the bill of sale is the amount that the State of Idaho will use to calculate the tax that is due. In addition to an Idaho bill of sale, you'll need proof that you're an Idaho resident (or Idaho business), a certificate of title to the vehicle, a vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection, proof of current registration, your identification, and the full amount due for taxes and fees.

If you don't have a title for the vehicle, you'll need to prepare an application for the title and file it with the Idaho Transportation Department DMV or county assessor motor vehicle office within 30 days of receiving the vehicle. You'll need a copy of your bill of sale, a VIN inspection, an odometer disclosure, and be prepared to pay the associated fees. Although the Idaho Department of Transportation website doesn't list a requirement to show proof of insurance as of February 2018, it's a good idea to take proof of insurance with you.

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

Yes. In Idaho, a bill of sale is required to title and register a boat. Without a title, a boat cannot be registered in the State of Idaho. Once you receive the boat, you have 30 days to title and register the boat through the Department of Parks and Recreation. You can learn more about which types of boats are required to be registered, which are not, and for which boats registering is optional by reading this helpful PDF provided by the State of Idaho. To title the boat for registration purposes, you must provide one of the following:

  • Manufacturer's Certification of Origin (MCO) or Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO);
  • Title; or
  • A completed Indemnifying Affidavit (Form ITD-3410).

You must also take a copy of a bill of sale, a release of interest (and a lien release if the boat has a lien), and a Hull ID number inspection if it is the first time that the boat is registered in the State of Idaho. If you're applying for the title through the County Assessor, you'll need to include a completed power of attorney. You must be prepared to pay your title and registration fees in full.

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

No. Guns are not officially registered in Idaho. While a bill of sale isn't a legal necessity for a gun, it is an excellent record-keeping tool. To learn more about Idaho's gun laws, click here.

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