Montana Bill of Sale Forms (5)


A Montana bill of sale form documents a transaction between two parties, typically involving the exchange of an item for cash or another object of similar value. In some cases, the seller gifts the property to the buyer. The bill of sale serves as a receipt, containing pertinent information about the agreement. To make it official, the buyer and seller must simultaneously execute the bill of sale.


  • Residents must register boats and cars being operated in state waters and roadways.
  • To register a vessel or vehicle, the owner must present a notarized bill of sale form.
  • Lawful individuals can purchase or sell a gun without needing a background check.

Types (5)

Boat Bill of SaleTransfers watercraft ownership to a new owner.

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Firearm Bill of SaleProvides evidence that a firearm was rightfully sold or given to another person.

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General Bill of SaleActs as a receipt for the sale of personal property, such as jewelry, artwork, instruments, or other high-dollar goods.

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Motor Vehicle Bill of SaleUsed to change a car’s ownership from one person to another.

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Trailer Bill of SaleEnables a person to obtain ownership of a utility trailer legally.

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Signing Requirements

Bill of Sale TypeBuyer SignatureSeller SignatureNotarization
General (others)RequiredRequiredNot required
Motor VehicleRequiredRequiredRequired
TrailerRequiredRequiredNot required

What is a Montana Bill of Sale?

A Montana bill of sale confirms the transfer of personal property from the seller to the buyer. Motor vehicle, boat, and firearm bill of sale forms require notarization. Individuals can find notary publics at various locations, such as banks, libraries, law firms, and accountant offices. Both parties should bring the blank bill of sale form and valid photo identification to the notarization appointment.

Upon signing the document in the notary public’s presence, the notary will also sign, stamp, or seal the form. Although not all bill of sale forms require notarization, having a notary’s signature adds credibility to the document. In cases where disputes arise, a notarized bill of sale serves as valuable evidence, proving the legality of the transfer, and can be highly persuasive in legal proceedings.

Registration Forms: Boats

Use the County Treasurer Office finder to make an appointment at a nearby location.

Registration Forms: Firearms

In Montana, handguns, rifles, and shotguns do not need registration, and owners do not need a license to buy or own. While dealers must perform background checks on customers, private sellers are exempt from this law. 

While private merchants do not need to look into the buyer’s background, they must ascertain they can have a gun. In other words, can only sell to individuals who can legally possess a firearm and do not have criminal intent. Furthermore, they must have a sound mind without legal charges or mental health history.

Residents can concealed carry in Montana without a permit. Individuals can choose to apply for a concealed weapon permit, nonetheless, as it allows them to concealed carry in a state government building, office, and other authorized locations. They must obtain a concealed weapon permit application (sample) from their nearest sheriff’s office to apply.

Registration Forms: Vehicles

Submit documents to the appropriate Montana County Treasurer’s office.

  • Bill of Sale (Form MV24) – An official form of Montana used for documenting the details of a vehicle sale.
  • Application for Certificate of Title for a Motor Vehicle (Form MV1) – Obtained and completed by an owner to register the vehicle with the state.
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form MV90A) – Declares the odometer reading as accurate or not accurate.
  • Insurance Minimum Limits Per Accident (§ 61-6-103)
    • Bodily Injury (one person): $25,000
    • Bodily Injury (2+ people): $50,000
    • Property Damage: $20,000
  • Payment (§ 61-3-321) – The owner can register their vehicle for one (1) or two (2) years at a time. Owners of “lightweight” cars more than eleven years old can pay a set price for permanent registration (§ 61-3-562).
  • Title – An unexpired original document identifying the car and its official owner. If the title is not available, the owner must apply for a title replacement using Form MV7.
  • Identification (ID) – A Montana driver’s license, state-issued ID card, passport, employer ID card, or any other official photo ID that includes the owner’s information.

Additional (Optional) Documents

Registration Forms: Trailers

Montana requires the permanent registration of trailers in the state. This process occurs at a County Treasurer’s office.

  • Bill of Sale – The seller uses this form to record information about themselves, the trailer, and the purchaser.
  • Application for Certificate of Title for a Motor Vehicle (Form MV1) – Applicants need this form to register and title their trailer.
  • Payment – The state calculates fees based on the weight of the trailer (i.e., over or under 6,000 pounds).
  • Identification (ID) – Proves the applicant’s full name, home location, and day of birth.

Additional (Optional) Documents