North Carolina Bill of Sale Forms (5)


North Carolina bill of sale form accommodates individuals selling personal property. Residents do not have limits on the number and type of transactions they can carry out. Using the document, they can transfer ownership of any personal possession to an interested party. The item can be generic, specific, costly, or inexpensive. It can also be a treasured family heirloom, a standard product, or anything else exchanged by cash, trade, or gift.


  • Residents must use the state-provided boat and firearm bill of sale forms.
  • Vessel and gun bill of sale forms require notarization.
  • Individuals need a permit to buy a gun and undergo a background check.

Types (5)

Boat Bill of Sale – Equips a buyer with the necessary information to register or title their newly purchased vessel.

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Firearm Bill of Sale – Furnishes an in-depth review of a gun transaction among two consenting individuals.

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General Bill of Sale – An acknowledgment of the buyer’s undertaking of ownership for a nonspecific item.

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Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale – Represents a negotiation between two residents of North Carolina to reallocate the possession of an automobile.

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Trailer Bill of Sale – Used by a buyer and seller in the lawful acquisition of a carrying trailer.

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Signing Requirements

Bill of Sale TypeBuyer SignatureSeller SignatureNotarization
BoatNot requiredRequiredRequired
General (others)Required            RequiredNot required
Motor VehicleRequiredRequiredNot required
TrailerRequired            RequiredNot required

What is a North Carolina Bill of Sale?

A North Carolina bill of sale delivers the various elements of an arrangement that ensued between a merchant and purchaser. Like a sales receipt, the signed bill of sale provides a formal acquisition statement.

The original owner relinquishes their authority by finalizing the record and transferring the belonging to the named buyer. As a result, they cannot claim ownership unless the purchaser officially resells the property to them.

Owners of items that require registration, such as cars and boats, must collect and submit the necessary paperwork to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV).

Registration Forms: Boats

Search for a Wildlife Service Agent to submit boat registration documents.

  • Bill of Sale – Used in transferring a vessel to explain the deal’s details.
  • Application for Vessel Registration and Title – The owner must complete this form to apply for watercraft registration.
  • Payment – The owner must pay the fees associated with registering a boat in North Carolina.
  • Title Certificate – This official document proves boat ownership.

Registration Forms: Firearms

North Carolina residents do not have to undergo gun registration. Although to purchase or carry a gun, they need a license from the state. Drop off the forms and payment at a Sheriff’s Office to apply for a permit. 

Registration Forms: Vehicles

Find the closest NCDMV Office to schedule a car registration appointment. 

Additional (Optional) Documents

Registration Forms: Trailers

Trailer owners living in North Carolina must obtain their property registration and title from the NCDMV.

  • Bill of Sale – This form outlines the particulars of a trade deal for a trailer.
  • Application for Title (Form MVR-1) – The trailer owner uses this application to provide the state with information for registration and title.
  • Identification (ID) – The possessor must present a North Carolina driver’s license or ID when applying.
  • Payment – The DMV charges a flat rate fee of $27 for utility trailer registration.
  • Proof of Insurance – The towing vehicle must have insurance coverage. Owners must present proof of insurance upon registering the trailer.
  • Title – The owner must have the trailer’s title signed by the seller (only if applicable).

Additional (Optional) Forms

  • Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO) – Upon purchasing a new trailer, the owner receives an MCO, which they must provide to the NCDMV.