Iowa Bill of Sale Forms (5)
An Iowa bill of sale form ratifies the agreement formed between two (2) parties for the transfer of an item. It binds the buyer to pay the seller the listed amount in exchange for ownership. Each person solidifies the terms by completing and signing the document. Once this step occurs, neither party can make edits, negotiate, or alter the sale.
Boat Bill of Sale – A form that contains concrete details on how and when the transfer of a vessel happened.
Firearm Bill of Sale – A document used when a seller gives a buyer a gun as a gift or in exchange for cash or trade.
General Bill of Sale – For a buyer and seller to record a deal for an uncategorized item.
Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale – Used when selling a car to include information about the vehicle, buyer and seller, and payment.
Trailer Bill of Sale – A document used to prove ownership of a utility trailer.
|Bill of Sale Type||Buyer Signature||Seller Signature||Notarization|
|General (others)||Required||Required||Not required|
What is an Iowa Bill of Sale?
An Iowa bill of sale is a contract created by a buyer and seller to assign financial responsibilities therein. Generally, the buyer gives the seller a monetary amount or personal property of equal value to acquire ownership. If the deal occurs by trade, the person completing the document must include the identifying information of both items.
Most bill of sale forms in Iowa do not require notarization. However, certain counties request residents to have their boat or vehicle bill of sale notarized. Individuals who live in these counties must complete the information up to the signatures section. Once in the notary public’s presence, they can sign their names. The notary gives their approval after checking the identification of both individuals and watching them sign.
The state rejects incomplete bill of sale forms with incorrect information. They can fine or arrest buyers and sellers who intentionally provide false statements or details (§ 321.13).
Registration Forms: Boats
Registration packets and fees go to an Iowa county recorder location.
Additional (Optional) Documents
- Request for Bonded Registration and/or Title for Boats (DNR Form 542-0855) – A document used when the previous boat owner did not apply for registration. The state only sees it as valid if it has a signature from a conservation or peace officer.
- Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO) – For new and titled boats purchased from a dealership.
- Registration & Title – For previously registered and/or titled vessels. If these documents have been lost, damaged, or stolen, check the “duplicate” box on the application.
Registration Forms: Firearms
Residents do not need to register their guns in Iowa, nor do they need a permit to carry them. However, the state offers a concealed weapons license to qualified individuals who want to expand their firearm carrying rights.
Registration Forms: Vehicles
The person who needs a car registration must bring the applicable forms to an Iowa county treasurer’s office.
Additional (Optional) Documents
- Affidavit of Correction (Form 411219) – Used to obtain a corrected title when it contains an error.
- Affidavit of Non-Use – Used to exempt a car from registration if the owner has not driven it on Iowa roads for three (3) consecutive years.
- Iowa Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney (Form 411021) – Utilized by a representative to take care of vehicle-related affairs.
- Motor Vehicle Damage Disclosure Statement (Form 411008) – Vehicles with a model year of seven (7) years or newer require this document to list a history of damages.
Registration Forms: Trailers
Trailer registration happens at a nearby county treasurer’s location.