Maryland Bill of Sale Forms

A Maryland bill of sale is a document used for private purchases between individuals to record all details of such purchases in this state. This form can be used to prove legal ownership and is required during registration procedures in the MDOT MVA.

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Additionally, there are two official forms that you can use in Maryland: Form VR-181 – for vehicles and Form B-118 – for boats. Both of them are available for download further below.

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Forms by Type

Depending on the circumstances and types of transactions, there are different types of bills of sale that you can use in MD. You may wish to choose the appropriate bill of sale template below based on the transaction you’re conducting.

Maryland vehicle bill of sale is used for motor vehicle transactions and is required during titling and registration procedures. The form must be notarized to be valid.

Alternative Name Car Bill of Sale
Seller’s Signature Required
Buyer’s Signature Required
Notarization Required
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Maryland boat bill of sale – used to record the information of a watercraft being sold to another party and have legal proof of the deal completion. The buyer will have 30 days to register the vessel in the Department of Natural Resources.

Alternative Name Vessel Bill of Sale
Seller’s Signature Required
Buyer’s Signature Optional
Notarization Optional
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Use this gun bill of sale template to document the essential details of a firearm transfer. According to Maryland Public Safety Section 5-106, only a licensed dealer can sell firearms.

Alternative Name Gun Bill of Sale
Seller’s Signature Required
Buyer’s Signature Optional
Notarization Optional
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A general bill of sale may be applied for nearly any property type. Ensure the description of what is being offered for sale and the purchase terms are carefully detailed, as this form is less customized.

Alternative Name Generic Bill of Sale
Seller’s Signature Required
Buyer’s Signature Optional
Notarization Optional
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Relevant Resources

For Vehicles

You’ll have 60 days from the minute of the transaction or the moment you relocate to Maryland to register the vehicle. Apart from some additional fees or taxes that your county may impose, you’ll have to pay $135–$187 for vehicle registration.

  • MVA Guide – Official guide on titling and registering vehicles in Maryland with all the necessary contact details and offices’ locations.
  • Pre-driving tips – Learn what is required of you before you get to drive a vehicle in MD.
  • Vehicle buying guide – Official guide on how to buy a vehicle in the State of Maryland.
  • Insurance requirements – MVA guidelines regarding vehicle insurance.

For Boats

Registrations of boats in the state of Maryland are usually valid for twenty-four months. They will be required for all commercial and recreational vessels. Registrations expire on December 31 of every second year.

  • DNR Guide – Official detailed registration guide by Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
  • DMV Guide – Concise but detailed manual on MD watercraft registration by DMV.org.

For Firearms

Individuals are now allowed to open-carry handguns in the state of Maryland without a license. To buy a gun, you would need to get a state permit first, issued by the police department, which also involves a background check. Only people who became residents after October 1, 2013, are required to register regulated guns. Machine guns have to be registered in all cases.

  • MD Gun Laws – Extensive guide on owning, wearing, carrying, and transporting various guns in Maryland.
  • MDSP Gun Registration – You can register your firearms through the State Police.

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Relevant Official Forms

(Vehicle) Form VR-181
(Vehicle) Form VR-005
(Vehicle) Form VR-197
(Vehicle) Form VR-470
(Boat) Form B-118
(Boat) Form B-240
(Boat) Form B-104
(Firearm) Form MSP 77R-1

The official bill of sale form provided by MDOT.

(Vehicle) Form VR-181
Download Form VR-181

Application for a Certificate of Title – used to apply for vehicle title and must be handed in-person in your local MVA office.

(Vehicle) Form VR-005

Odometer Disclosure Statement – a mandatory form used to disclose the actual mileage of a vehicle.

(Vehicle) Form VR-197

Limited motor vehicle power of attorney – assign another person to act on your behalf in vehicle-related matters.

(Vehicle) Form VR-470
Download Form VR-470

The official Maryland bill of sale for a vessel.

(Boat) Form B-118
Download Form B-118

A multipurpose application for new vessels.

(Boat) Form B-240

Licensing and registration for boats built entirely by the applicant.

(Boat) Form B-104

A sample of the form you fill out when applying for a firearm permit (with questions asked by the MDSP). Provided only for informational purposes and should not be filed or submitted in any way.

(Firearm) Form MSP 77R-1
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Published: Sep 15, 2020
Mara Erlach
Mara Erlach
Writer & Attorney
Mara has been practicing estate planning and trust law in California since 2003, taking pride in helping clients of all backgrounds and asset profiles form a complete and customized estate plan. Her specialties are: estate planning, wills and trusts, trust and probate administration.