Wisconsin Bill of Sale Forms


A Wisconsin bill of sale form furnishes a buyer and seller with evidence of financial activity between one another in exchange for personal property. It defines the terms of the deal, such as the amount the new owner paid the seller and the item’s condition. The person selling the item has a legal duty of disclosing its accident (or damage) history and known mechanical or physical defects. Legal action can ensue if they fail to reveal this information before signing the bill of sale.


  • Residents must utilize the official Wisconsin boat and car bill of sale forms.
  • Notarization is not obligatory but suggested.
  • Gun purchasers do not need a license to buy via a private sale.

Types (5)

Boat Bill of Sale – A covenant between two (2) Wisconsin residents about a vessel transaction.

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Firearm Bill of Sale – Serves as a testimonial that a gun owner lawfully gave another person a handgun, rifle, or shotgun in exchange for money or a similarly valued firearm.

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General Bill of Sale – A simple receipt that outlines the technicalities of a sales deal from a seller to a buyer.

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Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale – Provides two (2) individuals with documentation of an ownership transfer for an automobile.

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Trailer Bill of Sale – Paperwork that operates as a record of a utility trailer sale.

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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 Wisconsin Bill of Sale?

A Wisconsin bill of sale serves as a contract stating that the buyer will pay the seller the total amount for an item to become the owner or titleholder. The bill of sale represents the transaction and proves to authorities that the transfer happened legally. In other words, it shows that the possessor did not steal or unlawfully obtain the personal property.

The state does not require buyers and sellers to complete bill of sale forms. Nonetheless, officials recommend completing one to verify ownership and avoid legal claims whenever a transaction occurs. Furthermore, it releases the previous owner from having to pay for repairs, fines, or damages accrued by the new owner. Instead, the responsibility falls onto the buyer since they rightfully possess the item of discussion.

Registration Forms: Boats

Provide registration forms to a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) service center or use the online portal to submit them.

  • Bill of Sale – Formally names the person who purchased a vessel as the new owner.
  • Boat Registration and Titling Application (Form 9400-193) – For Wisconsin watercraft registration and titling.
  • Payment – Fees depend on the length of the boat, in addition to standard registration and title costs.
  • Registration & Title – Original registration and title. Owners can apply for a duplicate form using the online portal.
  • Identification (ID) – DNR customer ID number, social security number, or driver’s license number.

Additional (Optional) Documents

Registration Forms: Firearms

There are not any mandates in Wisconsin requiring a person to register their gun(s). If someone wants a concealed carry permit to have their gun in additional locations, they can apply for a license by providing the information below by mail or in person.

  • Concealed Carry Weapon Application (Form DJ-LE-287) – Residents can complete the form online or send it by mail or in person.
  • Payment – A money order or check for $40 addressed to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
  • Training Document – Proof of taking and passing an official firearms safety course.
  • Identification (ID) – A driver’s license or state ID card displaying the applicant’s full name, birthday, and mailing address.

Registration Forms: Vehicles

Applicants must drop off registration forms with a Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) service agent or online

Additional (Optional) Documents

Registration Forms: Trailers

Trailers do not require registration in Wisconsin, although owners can still undergo registration and titling by submitting the forms listed below to a DMV service center or online.