The most commonly used bills of sale in Rhode Island are 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.
A Rhode Island bill of sale includes certain information about both the buyer and the seller as well as information on the item being sold:
A Rhode Island bill of sale can be written in plain English. There is 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 Rhode Island bill of sale, make sure that you have more than one copy of the completed document for your records.
Sometimes. A motor vehicle bill of sale is only required for the vehicle registration of non-titled vehicles. Rhode Island does not title vehicles that are the year 2000 or older. To register the vehicle, you'll need to complete a sales tax form and an Application for Title. For non-titled vehicles, you'll also need an Application for Registration and/or Driver License Information. This form is provided online as a PDF by the State of Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (RI DMV). For salvage vehicles and custom builds, there are other requirements. You can learn more on the Rhode Island DMV website.
Yes. A Rhode Island bill of sale is required to register a boat. This bill of sale requires notarization. You'll also need to complete a Boat Registration Application. You'll also need the certificate of title. To learn more about boat registration requirements for the State of Rhode Island, click here.
No. A Rhode Island bill of sale is not required to register a gun. Guns are not formally registered unless you are applying for a concealed permit.