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A North Dakota bill of sale is a document that acts as proof of ownership for the described item. While there is no legal requirement to have a North Dakota bill of sale notarized, you may find it prudent to do so when selling a motor vehicle.
The most common bills of sale used in North Dakota 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.
Writing a North Dakota bill of sale is fairly straight forward. The real difference for each of the most commonly used ones is in how the item being sold is described. First, you’ll learn about the required information for every bill of sale. Then, you’ll learn about how to properly describe items in the most commonly used ones.
Every North Dakota bill of sale must have the date it was created. If the buyer plans to pay for the item on a date that is different than when the bill of sale is created, that date should be included in the terms of sale.
Next, you’ll list the legal name of both the buyer and the seller and indicate who is who. For example, John Brown, buyer. Then, you’ll list the physical address of each party.
The terms of sale indicate whether the item is being given as a gift, being traded, or being sold for money. For traded items, the item being received should be described. For monetary sales, you should list the amount in words and then in numbers. For example, three-hundred and seventy-five dollars and no cents ($350.00).
You should include a seller’s disclosure that informs the buyer if the sale is “as-is” or if there is a warranty. This section also acts as a certification for the seller that the only issues the item has that the seller known about are listed in the bill of sale.
Finally, a North Dakota bill of sale should be signed and dated by both the buyer and the seller. Note that if you opt to have a bill of sale notarized that it should not be signed or dated by either person until the notary is present.
A North Dakota general bill of sale is used when you want to sell an item such as a used laptop, furniture, or other personal item that isn’t classified as a motor vehicle, boat, or gun. When you describe the item, list any serial or registration number it has. You can also list brand, make, model, and year if any of that information is applicable. You can also describe the item by size, color, or material.
North Dakota provides a bill of sale for motor vehicles (Form SFN-2888). The bill of sale should include the make, model, and year of the vehicle; the color; the body style; and the VIN.
A North Dakota bill of sale for a boat should include the make, model, and year of the boat; hull ID; length; and horsepower. You’ll also need to complete a Watercraft Registration Form. You can find the form, which covers 2017 – 2019, by following this link.
A North Dakota bill of sale for a gun should include the make, model, caliber, and serial number. If the gun is part of a trade, the traded item should also be described.
No, a North Dakota bill of sale is not required to register a motor vehicle. However, you will need to complete an Application for Certificate of Title & Registration of a Vehicle (SFN-2872), proof that you paid your excise tax, and an odometer reading. You might also need a release of lien. However, you can use a North Dakota bill of sale if you’d like. The state provides one for your use.
No, a North Dakota bill of sale is not required to register a boat. You will need to complete a Watercraft Registration Form. You can also apply for a 10-day temporary watercraft permit while you wait for your registration to process.
No, a North Dakota bill of sale is not required to register a gun. Guns are not registered in North Dakota except if you wish to carry a concealed weapon.