Connecticut Bill of Sale Forms

A Connecticut Bill of Sale is used to list the details of a transaction that took place between two (2) people. It does not need to be complex, although it should include how the transfer of the item occurred (i.e. gifting, trading, purchasing, etc.).

Connecticut provides residents with an official vehicle and boat bill of sale that can be printed or downloaded. However, a generic template can be used as long as it contains the required information and signatures from both parties. Notarization is not required, but it is advised for items of higher value.


Bill of Sale Forms – By Type (4)

Use the following forms (designed for the state of Connecticut) to legally transfer ownership from the seller to the buyer:


Boat Bill of Sale – A fillable form that is used when purchasing a vessel.

Download: Adobe PDF


Firearm Bill of Sale – Authorizes an agreement pertaining to the exchange of a gun.

Download: Adobe PDF


General Bill of Sale – Proves that a seller surrendered ownership of an item and transferred it to a buyer.

Download: Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), Rich Text (.rtf)


Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale – Holds information that enables a third party to understand the negotiation of a commercial vehicle sale.

Download: Adobe PDF


How to Register a Motor Vehicle (3 Steps)

New residents are given a grace period of sixty (60) days to register their vehicle. All registrations must occur in person at a Connecticut DMV office.

Step 1 – Ensure the Vehicle is in Good Standing

Only owners that have satisfied all Connecticut requirements are eligible for registration. All vehicle holders must ensure that they have:

  • Paid all property taxes and parking tickets;
  • No reports of Commercial Vehicle Safety issues;
  • Passed emissions testing on time; and
  • No active suspensions or issues with insurance.

If an individual does not know their vehicle status, they can check here.

Step 2 – Prepare Forms & Payment

It is important to be ready before meeting with the DMV to ensure that the application process goes smoothly. Take time to make sure that all of the documents are correct and valid. Consider how much registration will cost and bring the appropriate amount of money on the day of the appointment.

Required Documents:


  1. Application – Owners must fill out each section completely and honestly to be considered (see Form H-13B).
  2. Bill of Sale – Provides evidence that the owner purchased and acquired the vehicle.
  3. Insurance Proof – All cars, trucks, and vans are required to have liability insurance* with the card in the vehicle at all times.**
  4. Ownership Proof – A signed title shows that the car holder is the rightful owner.
  5. Official ID – An ID with a picture must be presented to the DMV when applying.
  6. Payment – The amount due at the time of registration is based on the weight of the vehicle and its equity.

*Liability Limits

  • Bodily Injury
    • $25,000 per person
    • $50,000 per accident
  • Property Damage
    • $25,000 per accident


**Required Insurance Card Information

  • Insurance Company Name
  • National Association of Insurance Commissioner’s (NAIC) Number (i.e. Company Number)
  • Policy Owner/Holder Name
  • Policy Number
  • Date of Coverage & Expiration Date (must not be expired)
  • Year, Make, & Model of Vehicle
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)


Step 3 – Schedule Appointment

To register a car, truck, or van in the state, an appointment must be reserved ahead of time. The DMV makes it clear that they will cancel the meeting if the owner is not prepared. They must select the correct type of service AND bring the necessary paperwork and payment. Applicants can schedule their registration on the DMV online service.

How to Register a Boat (5 Steps)

All motorized boats and sailboats (19 1/2 feet or longer) must be registered for use through the state. Registration expires on April 30th of each year and must be renewed before that date.

Step 1 – Settle any Issues

Connecticut does not allow boat holders to register their vessels unless they have followed all state requirements. They cannot owe any money (i.e. taxes, tickets, etc.) and their record must be free of restrictions or suspensions. Owners can check for compliance issues using the state’s online service.

Step 2 – Organize Paperwork

Registration will not be given to residents who do not provide all of the information needed. It is important to take time to gather the documents. Pay special attention to their expiration date and ensure they are signed (if applicable).

Required Documents (see B-220):


  1. Application – The owner must apply for a registration number and decal using this form (see B-148).
  2. Government-Issued Identification (ID) – Must hold a photo ID that matches the birth-given name (i.e. Passport, Driver’s License, etc.).
  3. Proof of Ownership – Depending on the state of residency and boat status, a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO) or out-of-state title can be used.
  4. Proof of Tax Payment – Unless Tax Exempt, the owner must show they’ve paid state tax through either an invoice or bill of sale.
  5. Decal Certificate – Cannot be expired (regardless of whether it was issued by Connecticut or another state).
  6. Bill of Sale – Only considered valid if it includes the required information and contains signatures from both parties.

Step 3 – Prepare Payment 

Registration costs in the state are variable. Fees depend on the boat’s length and its hull type. Newer and large watercraft made of fiberglass and metal tend to be the most pricey. On the other hand, smaller, older, and wood-crafted vessels are the least costly. For more information on pricing, visit the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Website.

Individuals who own a vessel in the state must also pay all required sales tax. The amount that each person owes depends on the type of boat, where it was purchased, and residency status. To know how much to pay beforehand, visit Connecticut Sales Tax.

Step 4 – Book Appointment

Connecticut only accepts registrations through in-person appointments. When making an appointment through their online system be sure to select the correct option. If the incorrect option is chosen, the DMV holds the right to cancel. On the specified day, the owner must bring all documents and payment to receive a registration.

Step 5 – Apply Boat Decals

If registration is approved, the owner will receive a vessel number and two (2) decals. Note that these two identifiers are not the same as the Hull Identification Number (HIN), which is required on all boats built after 1972. If the boat does not yet have a HIN, it is mandatory to fill out the following application to acquire one.

The registration number and decals must be placed permanently on the boat so individuals can clearly see it at a distance of one hundred (100) feet. Visit the Department of Energy and Environment Protection (DEEP) website for specifics on how to display this information.

How to Register a Firearm (7 Steps)

Connecticut does not allow the sale of firearms to anyone who does not hold a permit or an eligibility certification. Private sellers are only able to sell guns after registering with the state. At that time they are able and required to perform background checks on buyers. All transactions (whether private or through a dealer) must be recorded and submitted (§ 29-31).

Step 1 – Pass Initial Requirements

To begin, the applying individual must pass all of the following requirements:

  • Be twenty-one (21) years of age or older;
  • Be psychologically stable;
  • Not be a felon or have a criminal record; and
  • Abide by all state gun laws (§ 53a-217c).

Step 2 – Complete Course

Take and pass a certified firearms training course through the state (see Approved Instructors).

Step 3 – Submit Application

Submit an application (see DPS-799-C), in addition to a signed certificate stating that the applicant passed the training course. Proof of United States citizenship and the payment of a $70 fee must also be included.

Step 4 – Make an Appointment

Set up an appointment at a local law enforcement agency for a fingerprint and background check. Applicants must submit two separate payments of $75 and $13.25.

Step 5 – Wait

If approved, the applicant will receive a Temporary State Permit (DPS-11-C) which lasts for sixty (60) days.

Step 6 – Apply for Temporary Permit

Within the sixty (60) day period, the person must visit an official pistol permit location. At that time, they must submit the temporary permit and a second application (DPS-46-C). The individual must also pay an additional $70 and provide proof of both U.S. and state residency.

Step 7 – Receive Permit

If the office grants permission to the applicant for a permit, they will have to take a photo at a DESPP office. Following the picture, they will be given their state pistol permit. Renewal will need to occur every five (5) years.