Vermont Bill of Sale Forms (5)


A Vermont bill of sale form supplies confirmation of dealings between a titleholder (or seller) and a client (or buyer). The document provides a description of the item and the personal details of both parties. It also proves that a buyer righteously attained an item. If any litigation or dispute happens after the transaction, either person can use the completed and signed bill of sale to support their argument.


  • While notarization helps to authenticate the form, it is not required.
  • Vermont does not mandate gun licensing or registration.
  • Both parties must complete a trailer bill of sale before the transfer.

Types (5)

Boat Bill of Sale – A form used for handling the reassignment of vessel ownership.

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Firearm Bill of Sale – Converts the buyer into the new owner of a handgun, shotgun, or rifle.

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General Bill of Sale – Serves as a transference of generic personal property.

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Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale – Assigns the customer or purchaser as the rightful owner of a car, thus taking away possession from the merchant or seller.

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Trailer Bill of Sale – Entrusts a buyer to compensate the seller for a trailer, and in turn, the seller must hand over the property in an agreed-upon manner.

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Signing Requirements

Bill of Sale TypeBuyer SignatureSeller SignatureNotarization
BoatRequiredRequiredNot required
FirearmRequiredRequiredNot required
General (others)RequiredRequiredNot required
Motor VehicleRequiredRequiredNot required
TrailerRequired            RequiredNot required

What is a Vermont Bill of Sale?

A Vermont bill of sale encloses details about the payment and transfer of a physical possession from a seller to a buyer. It makes it possible for both parties to connect after the sale and provides each person with written proof of the sale.

The form also gives state or government offices, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), verification that property handover occurred. A new owner might also need the document for registration or insurance purposes, in addition to proving rights.

Once signed, the seller relinquishes all rights and responsibilities for the item. At that time, the buyer becomes the legal owner of the property. As soon as the ownership changes, the purchaser must follow state laws and regulations concerning the property.

In other words, they must research local laws and ensure the item adheres to all state standards. The owner may have to obtain insurance and registration or perform necessary repairs to make it usable. Before selling the object, the merchant must forewarn the buyer of any known issues or restorations needed.

Registration Forms: Boats

Boat registrations must occur at a Vermont DMV location.

  • Bill of Sale (Form VT-005) – Verifies a vessel transaction and includes pertinent information about the boat and each person involved.
  • Vermont Registration Tax & Title Application (Form VD-119) – Enables the owner to apply for watercraft registration and title.
  • Release of Ownership – Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) for new vessels and the title from the seller for used boats.
  • Identification (ID) – Any photo ID that contains the individual’s name, address, and date of birth.

Registration Forms: Firearms

Vermont does not register guns or issue licenses for any purpose. However, private firearm sellers must perform a background check on potential buyers to ensure they do not have a criminal history or mental health concerns.

Registration Forms: Vehicles

Residents must make an appointment with a DMV office to hand in the necessary forms.

  • Bill of Sale (Form VT-005) – Provides evidence of the transfer along with a statement for the mileage (odometer reading).
  • Vermont Registration Tax & Title Application (Form VD-119) – An owner fills out this form in exchange for a Vermont registration and title.
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement – Provides a written record of the odometer when the owner sells the car.
  • Insurance Policy (23 V.S.A. § 800)
    • Bodily Injury: $25,000 per person / $50,000 for 2+ people
    • Property Damage – $10,000
  • Payment – The classification of the vehicle and registration length determines the cost.
  • Release of Ownership – MSO for brand new cars and the previous title for used vehicles.
  • Identification (ID) – Official documentation showing residency and proving identity.

Additional (Optional) Documents

Registration Forms: Trailers

Trailer registration must occur through the DMV.

  • Bill of Sale – To confirm the sale occurred between the new owner and seller.
  • Vermont Registration Tax & Title Application (Form VD-119) – Completed to give the DMV information about the trailer, such as its weight, length , and width.
  • Payment – Fees depend on the trailer’s weight and use.
  • Identification (ID) – Official cards or forms that make it possible for a person to prove who they are (i.e., full name, address, birthday, etc.).

Additional (Optional) Documents

  • Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) – For new trailers only.