Tennessee Bill of Sale Forms (5)
A Tennessee bill of sale form documents the events occurring during a transaction between a seller and buyer. Both parties complete the form after agreeing on a sale price, followed by the buyer compensating the seller and the seller providing the personal property, along with any necessary items like keys or paperwork. It verifies the deal by giving both parties a form that functions as a receipt.
Boat Bill of Sale – Used when gaining possession of a boat or other watercraft from a private seller.
Firearm Bill of Sale – Attests a firearm’s physical movement of ownership.
General Bill of Sale – Acts as a note of purchase paid for by cash or trade or received by gift.
Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale – Certification that a car owner underwent an exchange with another person.
Trailer Bill of Sale – Makes the transaction of a carrying trailer from a seller to a buyer evident.
|Bill of Sale Type||Buyer Signature||Seller Signature||Notarization|
|General (others)||Required||Required||Not required|
|Motor Vehicle||Required||Required||Not required|
What is a Tennessee Bill of Sale?
A Tennessee bill of sale form serves as a legal document that outlines the specifics of a business agreement, detailing the transfer of personal property from one individual to another.
Transactions typically transpire through a dealership or private sale. In cases involving a dealer, the salesperson handles registration matters (if applicable). Conversely, when the exchange occurs via private sale, the new owner must register the item if required. For transactions involving registered personal property like cars or boats, the previous owner should notify the state about the change in possession.
Although Tennessee’s Department of Revenue (DOR) does not mandate a bill of sale for registering a car or boat, the state advises using the form to furnish proof of legal purchase. The document demonstrates that the item now belongs to the new owner, relieving the previous owner of any responsibility.
Registration Forms: Boats
Residents must register their boat with a Tennessee county clerk or use the online portal.
Registration Forms: Firearms
The state does not require firearm registration and has minimal carry laws. However, gun holders can obtain a permit to ease restrictions, thus allowing them to carry in more places. Individuals can choose from two types of licenses: regular and enhanced. They must submit the applicable paperwork to a driver services center or complete an online application.
Registration Forms: Vehicles
Owners must submit forms and payments to a local county clerk location.
Additional (Optional) Documents
- Affidavit of Inheritance (Form F-1310501) – For individuals acquiring a car after the death of a family member or spouse.
- Affidavit of Non-Dealer Transfers (Form RV-F1301201) – Required when gifting a car or boat to another person.
- Certification of Ownership (Form RV-1310401) – For owners who need a title for a vehicle valued at $3,000 or a car thirty (30) years or older.
- Tennessee Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney – To take care of vehicle matters for another person.
- Title Only Application (Form F-1310101) – For vehicles that only need titling (i.e., no registration).
Registration Forms: Trailers
Privately owned and operated trailers do not need a registration or title in Tennessee. This law includes homemade trailers and those for boats and utility purposes. The vehicle towing the trailer must have a registration, title, and insurance policy.
Only commercial, pole, and rental trailers, or campers, need registration and/or a title. Individuals traveling out of the state must also check with the laws of that jurisdiction to ensure they do not require licensing.