The most commonly used Virginia 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.
Writing a Virginia bill of sale doesn't take much time. Regardless of whether you're drafting a general bill of sale, a bill of sale for a motor vehicle, a bill of sale for a boat, or a bill of sale for a gun, there's certain information you must include. The main difference in the most commonly used bills of sale is in how you describe the item being sold. You'll learn about how to properly describe items soon. First, let's look at the commonalities.
For a Virginia general bill of sale, you'll describe an item that doesn't fit the description of a motor vehicle, boat, or gun. Examples include, but should not be limited to, lawncare equipment, patio furniture, jewelry, and used electronics. When you describe the item being sold, you can use the following information (if it is applicable):
The Department of Motor Vehicles provides a Vehicle Price Certification which doubles as a bill of sale. It is used only by private individuals who do not qualify as a motor vehicle dealer and is used only for vehicles that are older than five years. For the description, you should use:
A Virginia bill of sale for a boat should include:
A Virginia bill of sale for a gun should include:
This information should be included for every gun involved in the sale or trade.
No, a Virginia bill of sale is not required to register a motor vehicle. A bill of sale is used as proof of ownership. To register a vehicle, you need an Application for Registration (Form VSA 14), proof of identity and address; an inspection certificate, proof of insurance, the title for the vehicle, and you should be prepared to pay the fees.
A Virginia bill of sale is required if you're registering a previously registered used boat or an out of state boat. You'll also need a completed Application for Watercraft Certificate of Title and Certificate of Number (Form BRT001). New boats require an MCO. Used boats require a title.
No, a Virginia bill of sale is not required to register a gun. Guns are not registered in the State of Virginia.