Massachusetts Bill of Sale Forms (5)

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A Massachusetts bill of sale form gives individuals a mode of proving that a transaction occurred. The purchase happens between a buyer and seller and involves the transfer of personal property. The object can have any value; however, filling out a bill of sale form for rare or costly items is most common.

Summary

  • Massachusetts does not require residents to notarize bill of sale forms.
  • Individuals need a permit to purchase and own a firearm.
  • The state provides an official bill of sale form for both boats and motor vehicles.

Types (5)

Boat Bill of Sale – A legal document completed by a buyer and seller to outline the purchase of a water vessel.

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Firearm Bill of Sale – Buyers and sellers use this form to record information about a gun transaction.

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General Bill of Sale – Completed when transferring a non-specific item from one party to another.

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Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale – Used when buying or selling a vehicle to record specific details, including the sale price, type of car, and the purchaser’s personal information.

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Trailer Bill of Sale – Provides proof of acquiring a trailer used for carrying cargo, animals, and related items.

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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 a Massachusetts Bill of Sale?

A Massachusetts bill of sale form authenticates the interchange of goods via cash, gift, or exchange. Both parties must state the payment method, even when the transaction does not involve money. For instance, if the transfer occurred through gift or trade, the seller must include the item’s value and the property that a buyer bartered.

Being able to prove the transfer of ownership has two essential purposes: 1) it removes the seller’s liability of the item if it breaks or an injury occurs after the sale, and 2) the seller cannot accuse the buyer of stealing the item. Stating only truthful information in the form and including as much detail as possible further protects both parties.


Registration Forms: Boats

Provide documents to an Environmental Police location.

  • Bill of Sale – A form that contains important information about a vessel transaction.
  • Application for Registration (Form ELE #1) – Submitted by the owner to obtain an official boat registration.
  • Proof of Tax Payment (Form ST-6) – A form that, once completed, proves to the state that the owner has paid taxes on the vessel.
  • Payment – Massachusetts boat registration fees depend on the boat’s length. Once paid, the registration lasts for two (2) years.
  • Title – The owner must present the current title if the watercraft is over fourteen (14) feet long. If needed, they must send duplicate title requests to a law enforcement official.

Additional (Optional) Documents

  • Affidavit of Surviving Spouse or Heirs – To obtain ownership or sell a watercraft owned by a deceased spouse.
  • Boat Inspection Request – To verify that the boat passed inspection and is ready for operation on Massachusetts waters.
  • Hull Identification Number – A twelve (12)-digit number that identifies the boat. The owner must trace the number on the watercraft (using paper and pencil) to submit it to the state.
  • Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) – This document discloses information about who made the boat and when they made it. Massachusetts only requires MSOs for newly purchased vessels.

Registration Forms: Firearms

The state requires individuals to hold license to carry (LTC) cards to own and buy firearms. While residents do not need to register their guns, they need to report all purchases to the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services. They must mail the correct and most up-to-date information to a local police station or apply in person.


Registration Forms: Vehicles

Submit applicable forms and payment to a Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) location.

  • Bill of Sale – Documents the transfer of vehicle ownership.
  • Application for Registration (Form TTLREG100_1119) – The owner must fill out the application to obtain a Massachusetts vehicle registration.
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement – Officially confirms the vehicle mileage at the time of the purchase. The form is not needed if mileage is on the title, bill of sale, or application.
  • Minimum Coverage Insurance Policy
    • Bodily Injury: $20,000 per person and $40,000 per accident;
    • Personal Injury: $8,000 per person (per accident);
    • Bodily Injury (Uninsured): $20,000 per person and $40,000 per accident; and
    • Property Damage: $5,000 per accident.
  • Payment – Fees required by the state to register and/or title the vehicle.
  • Title – The owner must submit the current title. If they do not have this document, they must replace it online or through the mail.
  • Identification (ID) – Issued by Massachusetts or the Federal government to verify name and residence.

Additional (Optional) Documents


Registration Forms: Trailers

Trailer registration occurs at RMV offices in Massachusetts.

Additional (Optional) Documents

  • Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO) – When purchasing a new trailer, the owner receives an MCO, which they must present to the RMV.
  • Certificate of Title – The owner must present the previous owner’s title if they purchased a used trailer. It must include the sale price, odometer reading, and date sold.