Alaska Boat Bill of Sale Form


An Alaska boat bill of sale form serves as a reference to an arrangement between a buyer and seller. In exchange for cash or an object of similar value, the merchant transfers ownership of the vessel to another person. The other person, known as the purchaser, often bargains with the seller to receive the best price for the watercraft. Once both parties agree to the transaction, they must sign the form to indicate their consent.

  • Statutes: AS 05.25
  • Signing Requirements: Buyer and seller signatures.

What is an Alaska Boat Bill of Sale?

An Alaska boat bill of sale declares the formal arrangement between a buyer and seller to transfer a water vessel. The deal can happen through cash, gift, or trade.

If the transaction occurs by gift, the previous and new owners should complete a bill of sale document. It provides official proof of the transfer and shows that the new owner legally possesses it. Furthermore, the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires the giftee to present a signed bill of sale upon registration.

Before the sale transpires, the original owner has a moral and legal obligation to inform the buyer of repairs the vessel needs. As long as the seller notifies the buyer of the issue(s), they do not have to fix it before the sale. Otherwise, they must restore the item and give the buyer a work order explaining the completed repairs.

How to Register a Boat in Alaska (4 Steps)

Boat registration must occur in the first fifteen (15) days of ownership. Individuals with an out-of-state boat can use the vessel in Alaska waters for up to ninety (90) consecutive days. After that time, the owner must apply for an Alaska registration.

Once registered, the vessel registration lasts for three (3) years. If the operator loses their registration, decals, or title before the renewal date, they can request new documentation online.

Step 1 – Review Requirements

Alaska does not require residents to obtain a boating license, although they highly recommend it. Nonetheless, boat owners can only operate titled, registered, and numbered vessels in the state. Local boat patrol can stop and fine individuals a minimum of $50 if they do not have this information on board.

If the boat falls under one of the following five (5) categories, the resident does not need to register:

  • Vessels not considered boats (e.g. non-boats);
  • Water toys without a source of power (e.g., non-powered boats);
  • Watercraft registered elsewhere;
  • Government-owned ships; and
  • Other similar boats (§ 05-25-055(a)).

Step 2 – Book an Appointment

Boat owners must book an appointment with the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) using the Alaska QMatic Appointment Booking Portal.

To prepare for registration, the applicant must gather the necessary forms and have them signed or notarized, as needed.

Bring the Following:

Step 3 – Submit Documents

On the appointment day, the applicant must be on time and ready to submit the completed forms. They must also bring a valid form of payment, such as a personalized check, money order, or card (Visa or Mastercard only). The DMV cannot process the application if the resident fails to provide the documents or fees.

Step 4 – Renew Triennially

Boat owners must renew their registration every three (3) years. Renewals can occur through the mail, online, or in-person. However, to prevent long lines at the DMV, the state requests that individuals renew by mail or online.

Registrars must submit the documents and fees through the mail no later than the 5th day of the expiration month. The DMV accepts checks, money orders, and credit card information when paying by mail.

DMV Mailing Address:
DMV, Attn: Vehicle Registration
1300 W Benson Blvd, Ste 300
Anchorage, AK 99503