Kentucky Bill of Sale Forms (4)


A Kentucky bill of sale confirms that a seller sold a piece of personal property to a buyer. This type of form is most commonly used for motor vehicles and boats; however, it can also be completed for firearms and other general items. It is important as it must be presented to the county office when registering an out-of-state boat or vehicle. Similarly, it serves as evidence that the buyer paid for the item and has full responsibility for it. As a result, they have a legal obligation to pay for any damages or fines that occur following the sale.

By Type (4)

Boat Bill of Sale – A formal receipt that outlines the exact details of how and when a buyer purchased a vessel from a seller.

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Firearm Bill of Sale – Provides a summary of a gun sale and both parties involved in the exchange.

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General Bill of Sale – Certifies ownership over an item that does not fall into a definite category.

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Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale – Describes the particulars of a car, van, or truck transaction.

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Signing requirements

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

How to Write

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Step 1 – Today’s Date

At the top of the form, enter the date the form is being completed. More often than not, this should be the current (today’s) date.

Step 2 – Buyer & Seller Info

For both the buyer and seller, the following information will need to be entered (* = optional):

  • Name
  • Address (should include any unit or apt number, city, state, and ZIP)
  • Phone Number*
  • Email*

Step 3 – Vehicle Info

The vehicle will need to be sufficiently described to ensure it is easily identifiable. The following information will need to be written regarding the vehicle:

  • Make (e.g., Ford, Lotus)
  • Model (e.g., F-150, Elise)
  • Year (e.g., 2025)
  • Body type or style (e.g., 4 dr, coupe, XLT)
  • Color (exterior)
  • Odometer (miles)
  • VIN (17 digits)

Step 4 – Payment

There are three (3) payment options provided on the form. The person completing the form will need to select just one (1) of the displayed options, which include:

  • Payment – This is the standard option. Involves the buyer making a direct payment to the seller via cash, credit, check, or a bank transfer.
  • Gift – Used if the seller is gifting the motor vehicle to another person (such as a family or friend).
  • Trade – This should be used if the seller will be receiving a vehicle in return from the buyer for their vehicle. Here, the seller can list the value of the trade-in vehicle as well as the amount the buyer is paying (if any) to the seller.

Step 5 – Additional Terms

This section is optional, and provides the parties with the option to add any custom language to the document if they feel necessary.

Step 6 – Signatures

At the end of the document, the buyer and seller will need to sign, date, and print their name on the form.

Step 7 – Notarization

This section is entirely optional, and provides the parties with additional proof that they signed the form. If the parties will be notarizing the form, they will need to wait to sign until directed to do so by a Notary Public.