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What Is a Vermont Bill of Sale?

A Vermont bill of sale is a form that documents proof of ownership of an item. A Vermont bill of sale does not need to be signed in front of a notary.

What Are Some Common Bills of Sale Used in Vermont?

The most commonly used bills of sale in Vermont are:

  • A general bill of sale
  • A bill of sale for a motor vehicle
  • A bill of sale for a boat
  • A bill of sale for a gun

How Do I Write a Vermont Bill of Sale?

Writing a Vermont bill of sale is straight forward. Every Vermont bill of sale requires certain information. The main difference in the commonly used ones is in how the item is described. First, let's review the common elements and then the proper way to describe the items. The information every Vermont bill of sale needs is:

  • The name of the seller and the buyer.
  • The date the sale takes place.
  • The amount of the sale.
  • A description of the item.
  • A signature by the seller that promises that the item has no liens or other legal encumbrances and that the information contained in the bill of sale is true to the best of the seller's knowledge.
  • A dated signature by both the buyer and the seller.

Vermont General Bill of Sale

A Vermont general bill of sale is used for items that aren't considered a motor vehicle, a boat, or a gun. Examples include, but aren't limited to, used electronics, patio furniture, and jewelry. You can use the following information to describe the item if it is available:

  • The registration or serial number.
  • The make, model, and year of the item.
  • The color, size, and material the item is made from.

Vermont Bill of Sale for a Motor Vehicle

A Vermont bill of sale is available through the Department of Motor Vehicles. If the vehicle is nine years old or newer, you must also submit an odometer disclosure statement that is attached to their bill of sale. If the vehicle is jointly owned, both owners must sign the bill of sale. The bill of sale should include:

  • The year, make, and model of the vehicle.
  • The body type.
  • The color.
  • The VIN.
  • An odometer reading in miles.
  • Whether the vehicle is a salvage, salvage rebuilt, or totaled (if applicable).
  • A statement that the vehicle has no lien or legal encumbrance that prevents the seller from selling the vehicle.

Vermont Bill of Sale for a Boat

A Vermont bill of sale for a boat is provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles. If the boat is jointly owned, the bill of sale should be signed by both owners. If you write your own, it should include:

  • The year, make, and model of the boat.
  • The hull type.
  • The color.
  • The length of the boat.
  • The HIN.
  • An odometer reading in hours.

Vermont Bill of Sale for a Gun

A Vermont bill of sale for a gun is a personal record. Since many Vermont private gun sales involve a trade, it's important to point out that you should include the following information about all guns involved:

  • The make, model, and caliber of the gun.
  • The caliber.

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

Yes, a Vermont bill of sale is required to register a vehicle. The other required forms will depend on where you purchased the vehicle. For example, if you bought the vehicle through a private sale, you'll also need a properly assigned title, VIN verification, and a completed Vermont Registration, Tax, and Title Application (VD-119) along with the bill of sale. To learn more about the vehicle registration process in Vermont, visit the Department of Motor Vehicles website.

Is a Vermont Bill of Sale Required to Register a Boat in Vermont?

Yes, a Vermont bill of sale is required to register a boat in Vermont. You may also need, depending on your circumstances and boat, an Application for Assignment of HIN (Form TA VT 03), the title, a completed Motorboat Registration & Title Application (Form VD 037), and a Vermont Use Tax Return (Form SU-452).

Is a Vermont Bill of Sale Required to Register a Gun?

No, a Vermont bill of sale is not required to register a gun. Guns are not registered in Vermont.

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