Michigan Bill of Sale Forms (5)
A Michigan bill of sale form assigns an individual as the new owner of a manufactured or homemade item. The document, which can be for motor vehicles, firearms, boats, or other items, provides pertinent information about the item being sold or gifted. It also includes the buyer and seller’s phone number, address, and email to contact or locate them following the sale.
Boat Bill of Sale – A buyer’s proof of purchase for a vessel from a seller.
Firearm Bill of Sale – Used to document the transfer of ownership for guns, ammunition, or other related items.
General Bill of Sale – Documents a sale of an item from one person to another.
Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale – Filled out to provide evidence an owner sold a car to a buyer.
Trailer/Watercraft/Snowmobile Bill of Sale – Completed to outline a deal between two parties involving a trailer, a snowmobile, or watercraft.
|Bill of Sale Type||Buyer Signature||Seller Signature||Notarization|
|General (others)||Required||Required||Not required|
|Motor Vehicle||Required||Required||Not required|
|Trailer/Watercraft/Snowmobile||Not required||Required||Not required|
What is a Michigan Bill of Sale Form?
A Michigan bill of sale explains the process that occurred when a seller transferred an item to a purchaser. The state considers the document a legal agreement because it contains signatures from both parties, thereby authenticating the deal. It also defines the object through its year, make, model, identification number, and mileage.
Sellers can use a bill of sale form for other valuable items like family heirlooms, season tickets for professional sports teams, and expensive works of it. The exchange does not always need to involve money – it can also happen by gift or trade. The seller must list the purchase price as $0 and enter its current value when giving property to another person. Owners who trade with someone else must include information about both items in the bill of sale.
Registration Forms: Boats
Create a registration appointment with a Secretary of State (SOS) Branch Office.
Registration Forms: Firearms
Gun owners residing in Maryland do not need to register their firearms, but they must report sales to law enforcement (even if acquired through a private sale). Although individuals do not need a license to purchase a gun through a dealer, they need one to buy from a private seller. Merchants must perform a background check on all buyers and ensure they have a permit. Firearm holders must have a concealed pistol license, as well, if they wish to have a gun on them in public. They can apply for the permit through a county clerk location.
Registration Forms: Vehicles
Use the office locator to find a Secretary of State Branch Office for vehicle registration.
Additional (Optional) Documents
- Certification from the Heir to a Vehicle (Form TR-29) – Gives the heir permission to sell or obtain ownership of a vehicle following the owner’s death.
- Michigan Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney – Signed by the vehicle owner to allow an agent to make decisions regarding the vehicle.
- Vehicle Number and Equipment Inspection (Form TR-54) – Confirms that a police officer has inspected the vehicle.
Registration Forms: Trailers
Michigan trailer registration happens at an SOS office. All trailers require registration in the state; however, only tow-behind platforms 2,500 pounds or more need a title.
Additional (Optional) Documents
- Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO) – This form must accompany the registration documents if the owner purchased the trailer new from a dealership.
- Certified Weight – If the trailer’s gross weight does not exist on the MCO or previous registration, the owner must have it weighed at an official station.
- Vehicle Number and Equipment Inspection (Form TR-54) – Owners of homemade trailers must have them inspected so the state can assign them a vehicle identification number (VIN).