New Jersey Bill of Sale Forms (5)


A New Jersey bill of sale provides evidence of a transaction that transpired between a buyer and seller. The document officially endorses the transfer of any item, such as a motorized transportation vessel, a collectible, or a relic. A buyer and seller jointly execute the form before transferring the funds and property. This process ensures that the buyer receives the item and the seller acquires proper compensation.


  • The owner must present a signed bill of sale form to register a vessel or vehicle.
  • New Jersey requires the registration of trailers following the purchase.
  • Residents need a license to purchase, concealed carry, and open carry a firearm.

Types (5)

Boat Bill of Sale – Used when a person bargains with a seller to obtain a watercraft.

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Firearm Bill of Sale – Serves in acquiring a weapon or ammunition from a private seller.

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General Bill of Sale – An owner uses this form when managing the trade deal of an item with another person.

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Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale – A simple receipt that entails the logistics of an automobile transaction.

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Trailer Bill of Sale – Demonstrates the agreement between two (2) parties about the attaintment of a trailer.

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Signing Requirements

Bill of Sale TypeBuyer SignatureSeller SignatureNotarization
BoatRequiredRequiredNot required
FirearmRequiredRequiredNot required
General (others)Required            RequiredNot required
Motor VehicleRequiredRequiredRequired (Seller Only)
TrailerRequiredRequiredRequired (Seller Only)

What is a New Jersey Bill of Sale?

A New Jersey bill of sale form aids in the transition of ownership of personal property. This change in possession can occur by cash, gift, or trade. The buyer and seller must specify the type of transfer and the item’s value at the time of the exchange.

The property owner and the person purchasing the goods work together to effectuate the form accurately and honestly. If either party provides incorrect information, the bill of sale becomes invalid. As a result, state offices, court systems, or other government agencies will not accept it.

New Jersey law requires a bill of sale to register boats and motor vehicles. It does not require the document for a private firearm sale; however, they highly recommend it to authenticate the purchase. Gun dealers must complete a bill of sale document with the customer and keep a copy on file to verify the deal.

Residents do not need to complete a trailer bill of sale for a tow behind; however, New Jersey requires it to be registered. First-hand or used trailers under 2,500 pounds and homemade trailers do not need a title. New or pre-owned trailers over 2,500 pounds and travel trailers must be registered and titled.

Registration Forms: Boats

Vessel owners must bring the required documents and fees to a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Location.

Registration Forms: Firearms

New Jersey requires the registration of handguns. More information is available through the New Jersey State Police website. The state also mandates that citizens obtain a handgun permit to purchase, sell, and carry. The applicant must bring the following documents and fees to their county’s Police Department.

Registration Forms: Vehicles

Schedule an MVC appointment to submit the necessary forms.

Additional (Optional) Documents

Registration Forms: Trailers

All trailers in New Jersey require registration; however, only trailers over 2,500 pounds (gross weight) need a title. The MVC takes care of trailer registration and titling.

  • Bill of Sale – This form serves as an official statement that the owner legally acquired the item. The seller must sign in the presence of a notary public.
  • Application for Vehicle Registration (Form BA-49) – 
  • Payment – Rates depend on the weight of the trailer (i.e., 2,000 pounds or less / 2,001 pounds or more).
  • Identification (ID) – The owner or agent must present a driver’s license or another acceptable form of ID.
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) – The owner must present a clear photograph or pencil tracing of the trailer’s VIN.
  • Title – The owner must provide the original title unless the trailer is from a non-title state or the document has been lost or damaged. In this case, they can present a notarized bill of sale form, VIN verification, or the previous owner’s registration card.

Additional (Optional) Documents