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When you have made the decision to sell your boat, a Bill of Sale is one of the many essential documents needed to make the transfer of title successful. Whether purchasing or selling a boat privately or commercially, a Bill of Sale must be included in the transaction. A Bill of Sale helps protect the buyer from accusations of fraud by showing proof of payment in good faith while also protecting the Seller if any problems are to arise after the sale.
Register a Boat in Ohio
The Ohio Boat Bill of Sale is a legal document that will offer proof that the legal sale and purchase of a vessel has traded possession. The form will provide information with regard to any identifying factors with regard to the vessel, information with regard to the buyer, seller and change of ownership. This document will require notarization.
Tax and Bill of Sale Requirements
Note: Owners of hand-powered vessels like row boats, canoes, etc. can opt for an Alternative Registration (a single decal instead of numbers and registration decals on both sides of the boat) which can be obtained in person or by mail from any watercraft office. The procedure is the same as above. The fee is $20 for a three year registration payable by check or money order to ODNR Division of Watercraft.
When must I apply?
If your vessel was purchased elsewhere or previously registered in another jurisdiction, is now in Maryland waters, and will use Maryland waters more than any other single jurisdiction during the calendar year, you are liable for vessel excise tax and must register the vessel within 30 days of entering Maryland waters.
If you propel the canoe by any type of motor, including an electric motor, then you must register and title it if it is used on the public waters of Virginia. Otherwise, you are not required to register or title a canoe in Virginia.
Please note that if a vessel is being registered for the first time or transferred, vessel registration forms should not be mailed to DOBOR. The applicant must submit them in person and provide proof of identity at the time of submission. On the Big Island, Kaua`i, and Maui, this transaction can be done at any DOBOR harbor or the District Office.
4) Watercraft – Previously registered-titled and-or purchased from another state
Proof of Ownership
Present proof of ownership (original bill of sale or subsequent bills of sale).
Present proof that a sales tax has been paid. Proof of sales tax is not required on a casual sale.
Please contact the Department of Taxation.
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Any boat can be voluntarily titled. Boat titling assures the buyer of a boat that the seller has clear ownership of a boat offered for sale. Some lenders won’t finance a boat without a title, so securing a loan to purchase a boat may be easier if the boat is titled. Titling is also a deterrent to boat theft. Boat dealers and other purchasers are more certain that someone offering a boat for sale has the legal right to do so.