West Virginia Bill of Sale Forms


A West Virginia bill of sale form grants the new owner the status of “titleholder,” absolving the previous owner of liability. When an item lacks a title, the buyer assumes the role of “rightful possessor,” becoming accountable for repairs, damages, and other legal matters related to the property. This legal document serves as essential evidence of the transaction, providing both parties with a clear record of the sale and its conditions.


  • Boat, car, and trailer bill of sale forms require notarization.
  • Private merchants can sell guns to buyers without permits.
  • The state requires a trailer bill of sale form for registration and titling.

Types (5)

Boat Bill of Sale – A document that contains facts about how and when a seller transferred possession of a vessel to an interested party.

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Firearm Bill of Sale – Demonstrates the legal trade of a gun from one person to another.

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General Bill of Sale – Meets the criterion for proving ownership after acquiring a personal belonging from someone else.

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Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale – An avouchment of the new owner’s automobile possession following a deal with the previous owner.

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Trailer Bill of Sale – This form characterizes the buyer as the primary possessor and the seller as the past titleholder.

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Signing Requirements

Bill of Sale TypeBuyer SignatureSeller SignatureNotarization
FirearmRequiredRequiredNot required
General (others)RequiredRequiredNot required
Motor VehicleRequiredRequiredRequired
TrailerRequired            RequiredRequired

What is a West Virginia Bill of Sale?

A West Virginia bill of sale form displays the information of a buyer and seller involved in transferring personal property. This document enables contact between parties if any issues or inquiries emerge after the sale, accurately describing the item’s make, model, year, color, mileage, identification number, and other relevant identifiers.

The state offers a versatile official document for boat, car, and trailer transactions. When registering the property, the buyer must submit the completed and signed form to the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Even for items not requiring registration, a bill of sale remains beneficial, summarizing and validating the change in ownership.

West Virginia law mandates notarization for vessel, vehicle, and trailer bill of sale forms. The DMV requires a notary seal, stamp, or signature on the document to accept registration documents. The seller must arrange an appointment with a local certified professional to complete this process, which they can achieve through eSign.com for a $25 fee.

Registration Forms: Boats

Vessel owners must provide registration documents and payment to a regional office.

Additional (Optional) Documents

Registration Forms: Firearms

West Virginia does not require the registration of guns. To ease the restrictions on concealed carry, however, residents can apply for a concealed pistol or revolver license. If they meet the standard requirements, they must send the applicable documents to their local sheriff’s office.

  • Application for Concealed Pistol / Revolver License (Form MVSP 44A) – For individuals twenty-one (21) years or older to provide the state with the necessary information to obtain a concealed carry license. Requires notarization.
  • Application for Concealed Pistol / Revolver License (Form MVSP 44C) – For residents between eighteen (18) and twenty (20) years of age to apply for a concealed carry permit.
  • Payment – Fees depend on the applicant’s age.
  • Proof of Handgun Safety Course – The individual must provide an affidavit from the instructor or another certifying document proving they attended and completed a gun training class.
  • Fingerprints – For the state to conduct an official background check to verify the applicant is not a felon and does not have a concerning mental health history.

Registration Forms: Vehicles

Car registration must occur at a DMV regional office.

  • Bill of Sale (DMV-7-TR) – To validate the car’s change of possession.
  • Application for Certificate of Title (Form DMV-1-TR) – For the title and registration of a car.
  • Payment – The owner must pay according to the type of vehicle they own and the registration length.
  • Insurance (Mandatory Limits)
    • Bodily Injury: $25,000 per person / $50,000 per accident
    • Property Damage: $25,000 per incident
    • Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury: $25,000 per person / $50,000 per accident
    • Uninsured Motorist Property Damage: $25,000 per incident
  • Inspection – All vehicles must undergo inspection unless cars have previously been inspected in reciprocity states (i.e., LA, MS, MO, NH, NY, OK, TX, UT).
  • Identification – Provides evidence of U.S. and West Virginia residency.

Additional (Optional) Documents

Registration Forms: Trailers

Trailer owners must apply for registration through a DMV office.