Rhode Island Bill of Sale Forms (5)
A Rhode Island bill of sale form serves as a first-hand account of the conversation and agreement that happened between two individuals. Buyers and sellers compose a bill of sale document for cars, boats, firearms, and other costly or cherished items. Both parties must sign to indicate their approval and mutual agreement.
|Bill of Sale Type||Buyer Signature||Seller Signature||Notarization|
|General (others)||Required||Required||Not required|
|Motor Vehicle||Required||Required||Not required|
What is a Rhode Island Bill of Sale?
A Rhode Island bill of sale illustrates the interaction between a buyer and seller when reassigning the ownership of personal belongings. Once completed, individuals should be able to identify the merchant and purchaser using their full name, address, email, and phone number. In addition, they should have the means to locate the item and determine its value from the written description and sale price.
Notarization further binds the agreement since it involves another individual approving the purchase. In Rhode Island, a Notary must sign or stamp boat, gun, and car bill of sale forms. Other items do not require notarization, although a notary seal or signature further authorizes the sale. Notaries are available at libraries, law offices, and other businesses.
When registering a vessel or vehicle, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires the original, signed bill of sale. It shows the sale happened and that both parties agreed to the listed terms. Furthermore, it represents the buyer’s purchase to prove their control over the item.
When both parties sign, the original owner (seller) no longer has the power to take possession of or otherwise use the item as if it was their own. Instead, the buyer (new owner), becomes obligated to take care of the personal property or use it for whatever legal purpose they desire. Moreover, if the new owner has an accident or harms themselves or someone else after the sale, the merchant is not liable. To ensure the validity of the document in these situations, both parties should retain a copy of the bill of sale should they need it in the future.
Registration Forms: Boats
Additional (Optional) Forms
- Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) – To ascertain the shipbuilder and the identity of the vessel. Only required for newly purchased boats.
- Sales Tax – Owed on boats purchased before July 29, 1993, and homemade vessels. Builders must keep receipts for all materials and show evidence of paid sales tax when registering.
- Inspection – For homebuilt boats longer than 14 feet in length.
- Notarized Statement – Homemade boats only. Includes the total material costs, a full description, plans for construction, and any other relevant document. The owner must also present a photo of the finished watercraft.
Registration Forms: Firearms
Gun owners do not need to register their weapon(s) with the state. They need a permit to open carry, which they can receive by contacting a nearby police department.
Registration Forms: Vehicles
Supply the necessary documents to a Rhode Island DMV location.
Additional (Optional) Documents
- Affidavit of Gift of Motor Vehicle (Form SU 87-65) – Exempts immediate and non-immediate family from sales tax after inheriting a vehicle from a deceased loved one (unless the previous owner did not pay their taxes and owes money). Must accompany a notarized letter of gift.
- Application for Title (Form TR2/TR-9) – For vehicles year 2001 and newer only.
- Inspection & Emissions Check – For newly registered cars only (does not include brand new cars). The vehicle must have an inspection sticker or receive a safety and emissions inspection within five (5) days of registering. Must be completed at an authorized inspection station. Non-residents must complete an out-of-state inspection exemption (Form 8-17).
- Rhode Island Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney – Used by an authorized individual to register and title a vehicle for the rightful owner.
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Verification – For vehicles 2001 or newer that have a title or registration in another state.
- Manufacturer Certificate of Origin (MCO) – A statement from the manufacturer that contains a description of the car.
Registration Forms: Trailers
All trailers in Rhode Island require registration, but only need an inspection if they have a gross weight of 1,000 pounds or more. They also have to title the trailer if it weighs 3,001 pounds or more and has the model year 2001 or newer. All transactions must occur through a DMV office.
Additional (Optional) Documents
- Affidavit for Homemade Trailer – This form authorizes the creation or purchase of a homemade trailer prepared for registration.
- Inspection – Trailers weighing 1,000 pounds or more must undergo inspection at an accredited station.
- Tax Exempt Certificate (Form T-333-1) –
- Title – Trailers weighing 3,001 pounds (unladen) must obtain or have a Rhode Island title.
DMV Offices: By City
|City||PHONE NUMBER||DMV OFFICE ADDRESS|
600 New London Ave.
Cranston, RI 02920
|Cranston (AAA)||(401) 944-7300|
1035 Reservoir Ave.
Cranston, RI 02910
2000 Mendon Rd.
Cumberland, RI 02864
|East Providence||(401) 519-5900|
12 River Rd.
East Providence, RI 02915
Apple Valley Mall
445 Putnam Pike
Greenville, RI 02828
52 Valley Rd.
Middletown, RI 02842
|Middletown (AAA)||(401) 841-5000|
49 E. Main Rd.
Middletown, RI 02842
14 Woodruff Ave., Ste. 15
Narragansett, RI 02882
325 Melrose St.
Providence, RI 02907
|Providence (HQ)||(401) 868-2010|
110 Royal Little Dr.
Providence, RI 02904
|South Attleboro||(508) 399-9000|
405 Washington St.
South Attleboro, MA 02703
4808 Tower Hill Rd.
Wakefield, RI 02879
501 Centerville Rd.
Warwick, RI 02886
Diamond Hill Plaza
2000 Diamond Hill Rd.
Woonsocket, RI 02895