Alabama Bill of Sale Forms (5)


An Alabama bill of sale form serves as a testament to a transaction between two individuals. It proves the buyer and seller agreed on a set price for an item, and the exchange of funds occurred. The document also holds importance when the seller gifts personal belongings to the buyer or engages in a trade deal. It has significance because it acts as a formal record of the object’s value at the time of the sale and outlines the transfer method used.


  • The buyer and seller must sign the bill of sale forms.
  • Boats, motor vehicles, and utility trailers must undergo registration.
  • Private gun sales do not require the use of a background check.

Types (5)

Boat Bill of Sale – Required for watercraft registration as it proves that a buyer acquired ownership from a seller.

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Firearm Bill of Sale – Confirms the transfer of a gun from a seller to a buyer.

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General Bill of Sale – Used for selling, trading, or gifting unspecified items.

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Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale – A written record proving an individual legally purchased and obtained a car, truck, or van.

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Trailer Bill of Sale – This form provides evidence of a utility trailer sale between two (2) individuals.

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Signing Requirements

Bill of Sale TypeBuyer SignatureSeller SignatureNotarization
BoatRequiredRequiredNot required
FirearmRequiredRequiredNot required
General (others)RequiredRequiredNot required
Motor VehicleRequiredRequiredNot required
TrailerRequiredRequiredNot required

What is an Alabama Bill of Sale?

An Alabama bill of sale form gives an owner the means to sell an item to another individual. It describes the transaction by providing minute details about the object and affected parties. The buyer and seller inscribe to certify the transition of ownership.

The most common uses of a bill of sale include the transfer of vessels, guns, generic items, cars, and trailers. However, it has no limits, meaning that someone can complete the document for any item. In addition to its standard uses, individuals can also utilize it for property, such as family heirlooms, artwork, jewelry, rare coins, signed photographs, and more.

Registration Forms: Boats

Locate a nearby licensing office to register a vessel.

  • Bill of Sale – A document used by the buyer and seller to approve a successful car transaction.
  • Application for Boat Registration – Filled out to apply for a vessel registration or request a duplicate, transfer, or replacement.
  • Payment – The owner must pay for boat registration fees, which vary by county and boat length.
  • Proof of Sales Tax – Taxes (ranging between 3.5% and 6%) must have been paid on the boat for the current year before registering.

Additional (Optional) Documents

Registration Forms: Firearms

Firearms do not need registration from the state. However, residents can apply for a pistol permit if they meet the qualifications. To apply for a license, refer to the sheriff’s directory to contact a local office.

  • Pistol Permit Application – The sheriff’s office will provide the county-specific permit application.
  • Photo Identification (ID) – The owner must present an unexpired, state- or government-issued photo ID.
  • Payment – Pistol permit fees vary by county.

Registration Forms: Vehicles

Refer to a local vehicle licensing office to make a car registration appointment.

  • Bill of Sale – Both parties complete and sign this form to authenticate a vehicle purchase.
  • Minimum Liability Insurance 
    • Bodily Injury (per accident): $25,000 per person / $50,000 for 2+ people
    • Property Damage: $25,000 per incident / $75,000 combined single limit
  • Payment – The owner must pay the amount requested by their county of residence.
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement – A form signed by the buyer and seller verifying the odometer reading.
  • Title – Current title required. If the title is not available, the owner must apply for a new one using the online public title portal.
  • Identification (ID) –  The owner must provide a photo ID that confirms their identity, such as a driver’s license, passport, or employee card.

Additional (Optional) Documents

Registration Forms: Trailers

Register a utility trailer with an Alabama Department of Revenue (DOR) licensing office.

  • Bill of Sale – Presented to the DOR to prove that an owner legally acquired a trailer from a dealer or private seller.
  • Application For Alabama Assigned VIN For A Homemade Trailer (Form INV 26-1) – Applicants must complete this form to receive VIN for a homemade utility trailer.
  • Alabama Tag Registration – The seller must transfer their current registration to the buyer.
  • Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) – For new trailers purchased from a dealership.
  • Payment – Privately owned trailers cost $12 to register, and rented or leased trailers cost $15. Owners must ensure they also pay taxes.