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What is a Massachusetts Bill of Sale?

A Massachusetts 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 from one owner to another, a Massachusetts bill of sale is an important document for personal record keeping. It can be very important if there is a legal dispute over the item.

What Are Common Bills of Sale Used in Massachusetts?

The most commonly used bills of sale in Massachusetts are the 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 a Massachusetts Bill of Sale?

A basic Massachusetts bill of sale includes certain information about both the buyer and the seller and the item being sold:

  • Their names (printed)
  • The bill of sale creation date
  • 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

A Massachusetts bill of sale can be written in plain English. There’s no 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 a Massachusetts bill of sale, make sure that you have more than one copy of the completed document.

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

Yes. If the vehicle is being purchased from a private party, you may need a Massachusetts bill of sale. The vehicle registration process takes place through the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. You will also need to complete an Application for Registration & Title (RMV-1 Form). If the vehicle has a lien, you'll need to place the proper information on file.

You'll need to provide the odometer reading either as part of the title or on the bill of sale. The bill of sale should also list the price. You should be ready to pay the sales tax and registration fee for the vehicle.

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

Yes. Registering a boat requires a Massachusetts bill of sale. If the boat is purchased from a dealer or business, the bill of sale must be written on company letterhead. For new boats, you'll also need a Manufacturer's Statement of Origin. You'll need to provide proof that your sales tax is paid. You do this by completing form ST-6 or ST-6E. To register your boat, you'll also need a pencil tracing of the Hull ID number, completed registration and titling application, and be prepared to pay your required fees.

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

No. Guns must be registered with the Massachusetts Gun Transaction Portal with the same information that you would include in a Massachusetts bill of sale for a gun: the serial number, make, model, and caliber along with specific information about the involved parties). The Massachusetts Gun Transaction Portal also reminds registrants that you may need a PIN number (that you receive after you get a license for a weapon) as well as a reminder that you should not be involved in a personal sale to anyone who doesn't have the proper license.

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