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.
Boat Bill of Sale – A covenant between two (2) Wisconsin residents about a vessel transaction.
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.
General Bill of Sale – A simple receipt that outlines the technicalities of a sales deal from a seller to a buyer.
Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale – Provides two (2) individuals with documentation of an ownership transfer for an automobile.
Trailer Bill of Sale – Paperwork that operates as a record of a utility trailer sale.
|Bill of Sale Type||Buyer Signature||Seller Signature||Notarization|
|General (others)||Required||Required||Not required|
|Motor Vehicle||Required||Required||Not 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.
Additional (Optional) Documents
- Add / Remove Owner or Add Lien Application (Form 9400-623) – To update a lien or lienholder information.
- Affidavit of Surviving Spouse or Domestic Partner (Form 9400-471) – For spouses or partners to obtain ownership of a boat from a deceased loved one.
- Lien Release – Needed if the owner pays off the loan on the vessel. Applicants can also complete the applicable forms online.
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.
Registration Forms: Vehicles
Applicants must drop off registration forms with a Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) service agent or online.
Additional (Optional) Documents
- Lien Release – To prove the owner paid the lienholder in full, therefore giving them the title.
- Statement of Intent (Form MV2489) – Required if the title has an error on it.
- Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney – Grants another person the right to handle car registration, titling, and other applicable duties.
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.