Washington Bill of Sale Forms


A Washington bill of sale form implements the transfer of goods or personal property between the previous and new owner. Both parties list the terms and conditions of the sale in the document. This process establishes a record of their agreement in writing. With this information, either person (or a third party) can later reference the bill of sale to learn more about the deal’s specifics.


  • Residents must use the official boat, gun, and car bill of sale form.
  • Washington state requires the registration of trailers, vehicles, and vessels.
  • Gun sales can occur without the use of a permit if the buyer can legally own a firearm.

Types (5)

Boat Bill of Sale – Officially puts the transfer of a vessel into action.

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Firearm Bill of Sale – Enforces the standards of a deal for a gun among a buyer and seller.

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General Bill of Sale – Formally determines the buyer as the new owner of an item and the seller as the previous owner.

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Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale – Finalizes the pact of a car sale from one person to another.

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Trailer Bill of Sale – An integral part of the selling process as it describes the trailer’s condition and the terms that a merchant and purchaser decided.

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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 Washington Bill of Sale?

A Washington bill of sale outlines the promise between a buyer and seller to transfer an item of value in exchange for money or another object. It ensures that neither party plans to scam the other out of money or property. Instead, it concretes the sale by including a description of the item, sale price, and mode of payment transfer.

State law requires the buyer and seller to sign the form. It is not mandatory to notarize the bill of sale; however, taking this action gives it more leverage. Therefore, both parties often decide to sign in front of a notary public to protect themselves from legal conflicts.

The downloading of a bill of sale most frequently happens when carrying out a private sale since dealerships often have the document on file. Nonetheless, a dealership can use the form and complete it electronically or by hand with the customer. Both parties must fill out additional forms for a dealer sale regardless of whether it is a new or used item. Taking these measures protects the dealer from lawsuits and ensures the safety of the new owner.

Registration Forms: Boats

Contact a department of licensing office to make an appointment for vessel registration. 

Additional (Optional) Documents

Registration Forms: Firearms

Firearm registration is not mandated, and gun owners do not need a permit to buy or openly carry a firearm. However, individuals wanting to concealed carry must obtain a license by providing the required information to their nearest jurisdiction (§ 9.41.070). 

  • Application – This form is not available online. Interested parties must contact their local LEA to obtain a concealed carry license application.
  • Firearms Record Certification Request (Form FIR-652-012) – This document supplements the application.
  • Payment – Fees associated with a concealed carry permit.
  • Fingerprints – To authorize an agency to perform a background check.
  • Photographs – Used to verify the identity of the applicant.

Registration Forms: Vehicles

Locate a licensing office to apply for registration in the state of Washington. 

Additional (Optional) Documents

Registration Forms: Trailers

Get in touch with a department of licensing location to obtain a trailer registration.