Florida Bill of Sale Forms (5)
A Florida bill of sale form proves that two (2) parties had an exchange of goods. Buyers and sellers complete this document when transferring watercraft, guns, vehicles, or other items that hold value. It includes a complete description of the property sold, the information needed to contact the buyer and seller, and specifics regarding the change of ownership. The original owner and the purchaser must sign the form to endorse their agreement.
Boat Bill of Sale – For selling a vessel from one person to another.
Firearm Bill of Sale – Acts as a receipt when exchanging a gun for money or trade.
General Bill of Sale – Records the transfer of an item from a seller to a buyer.
Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale – Used when a buyer purchases a commercial vehicle from a private seller or business.
Trailer Bill of Sale – Provides each involved party with a way to prove the transfer of trailer ownership.
|Bill of Sale Type||Buyer Signature||Seller Signature||Notarization|
|General (others)||Required||Required||Not required|
|Motor Vehicle||Required||Required||Not required|
What is a Florida Bill of Sale?
A Florida bill of sale is a simple form that provides structure to a purchase occurring between a buyer and seller. The document has an organized layout that allows the buyer and seller to include information required by the state, such as the item’s value and the purchase method. When registering cars, boats, trailers, or other personal property, these details become especially important.
Boat and vehicle owners must use the bill of sale form created by the state to formalize the transaction. The documents provide three essential pieces of information: 1) the item’s description, 2) the odometer disclosure statement, and 3) certification and notice of sale. Once received by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), they file it to verify that the previous owner no longer owns the property. By default, the responsibility transfers to the buyer, and they must register or title it as needed.
Registration Forms: Boats
The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) handles all boat transactions, including registration and titling.
Registration Forms: Firearms
While Florida does not mandate gun registration or a permit to purchase, firearm owners can apply for a concealed carry license. They must submit the following information to a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regional office or a tax collector’s office. Individuals can also apply by mail (directions in the instructions packet).
Registration Forms: Vehicles
Car registrations happen at the FLHSMV by appointment.
Additional (Optional) Documents
- Florida Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney (Form HSMV 82053) – Created by the car owner (the principal) to allow a trusted person to take care of their responsibilities.
Registration Forms: Trailers
Residents must register their trailer with the FLHSMV.
Additional (Optional) Documents
- Dealer Invoice – Required if the customer purchased a new trailer from a dealership.
- Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin – For brand new boats only. Must name each owner.
- Registration – If the buyer purchased the trailer new, they must present the registration from the previous owner.
- Trailer Sales Tax Statement – An official document from the dealer and the invoice from the dealer or manufacturer.
- Weight Slip – For homemade boats to establish the trailer’s empty weight.