South Dakota Bill of Sale Forms (5)


A South Dakota bill of sale form becomes relevant when claiming ownership of an item or verifying that a negotiation involving funds, trading, or gifting ensued. A seller can use it for large, expensive personal property like boats, guns, or cars. They can also create one for other more minor but valuable commodities, such as earrings, dresses, or sewing machines. However, this list is not extensive, as individuals complete it for objects.


  • Residents can only use the state-created forms for boat and car sales.
  • The state suggests notarization but does not mandate it by law.
  • Authorized individuals can purchase and own a gun without a permit.

Types (5)

Boat Bill of Sale – A legal document that substantiates the obtainment of a boat from a private seller.

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Firearm Bill of Sale – Records a firearm’s change in custody from one person to another.

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General Bill of Sale – Used when selling, donating, or gifting a valuable article or thing to someone else.

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Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale – A form noting the primary points of a transaction that proceeded between two alliances.

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Trailer Bill of Sale – Ascertains the change of possession between a buyer and seller regarding a utility trailer.

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Signing Requirements

Bill of Sale TypeBuyer SignatureSeller SignatureNotarization
BoatNot requiredRequiredNot required
FirearmRequiredRequiredNot required
General (others)RequiredRequiredNot required
Motor VehicleNot requiredRequiredNot required
TrailerRequired            RequiredNot required

What is a South Dakota Bill of Sale?

A South Dakota bill of sale eradicates a seller’s accountabilities for an item and thereby transfers it to another person who paid for it or traded a price-matched object. The Department of Revenue (DOR) does not require notarization for the bill of sale. Still, it is encouraged, as it endorses the document and guarantees the legitimacy of the ownership swap.

The seller (owner) and the buyer (new owner) agree to the terminologies listed on the bill of sale, which delivers data about each party, a report of the item, and signatures.

The DOR orders a bill of sale to accompany the paperwork for titling and registering a car or boat. The document must have the vehicle or vessel year, make, model, automobile (or hull) identification number, and the title number. The appropriate parties must sign to show their approval.

In some cases, an individual donates or gifts an item to someone. Although payment is not involved (meaning the object is “free”), a bill of sale acts as a receipt and proof of possession, making it an essential addition to this type of transaction.

Registration Forms: Boats

Get in touch with a county treasurer to submit the required registration paperwork and fees.

  • Bill of Sale – A state-created document used to transfer a vessel from one party to another.
  • Boat Title & Registration Application (Form #1001) – Enables the owner to list particulars about the vessel, so the DOR has enough information to accept or deny the registration.
  • Payment – Costs based on vessel length and additional fees.
  • Title – Must be signed by the previous owner and include information about the new owner and boat.

Registration Forms: Firearms

Firearm registration is not a requirement in South Dakota, although gun holders can decide to obtain a license to carry in additional areas. There are three (3) types of permits: regular, gold, and enhanced. Each kind has its own set of restrictions and guidelines, and therefore, the firearm owner must decide which one is best for their current situation. They must contact a nearby county sheriff’s office to drop off the necessary forms.

  • Pistol Permit Application – Forms vary by county (e.g., Hughes County, Minnehaha County, Yankton County).
  • Handgun Course – The applicant must prove they have taken and passed an authorized firearm safety course.
  • Payment – Depends on the license type ($10 for regular, $70 for gold, $100 for enhanced).
  • Fingerprints – Law enforcement runs the applicant’s fingerprints to confirm their identity, criminal background, and mental health history.

Registration Forms: Vehicles

Residents must present the forms to their county treasurer’s office to receive a registration and/or title. 

  • Bill of Sale – Serves as an indication of a possession change for a car.
  • Application for Motor Vehicle Title & Registration (Form #1001) – Used to list details about the car and owner for registration needs.
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form DMV-611) – If the odometer reading is not on the title, application, or another official document, the owner must complete this form.
  • Insurance Policy – The driver must have insurance for the bodily injury of one person and two (or more) persons per accident. They must also have a plan for damages to a car or property and uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage.
  • Payment – Fees paid to the state for car registration.
  • Identification (ID) – The registrar must have a photo ID with their picture, full name, and address.
  • Title – Original needed. If lost, stolen, or destroyed, apply for a new one using a duplicate title application (Form 1002).

Additional (Optional) Documents

Registration Forms: Trailers

Trailers in South Dakota require registration and title, which occurs through a county treasurer’s office

Additional (Optional) Documents

  • Power of Attorney (Form 1023) – A trailer owner fills out this document to empower someone as their representative.
  • Trailer License Plates – If the owner uses the trailer with a vehicle that weighs less than 6,000 pounds, they must apply for a trailer license plate using the application form.