Washington Bill of Sale Templates

A Washington bill of sale is a document proving that an item is sold from one party to another. It may not be required to create a bill of sale for all private sales, but having one guarantees the sale’s security and keeps you from any legal issues related to the transaction in the future.

In Washington, you will find different bill of sale forms, and it’s worth knowing which one you need to work with for each of the sales.

To avert issues with the legality of a bill of sale in Washington, use our printable template as a basic sample for your transactions. We’ve also gathered all the information you might need to help you understand the bill of sale functions and purpose.

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Washington Bill of Sale Forms

Washington bills of sale differ according to the sale types and conditions under which the purchase is made. You will need the correct bill of sale template for each transaction to be applied and recorded successfully within the state. You should not underestimate these bill of sale types and choose the one that fits the occasion best because each document contains specific terms and information to cover.

Washington general bill of sale templateA Washington general bill of sale can be used for almost all private transactions if only there’s no particular bill of sale required. You will probably decide on going with a general bill of sale for you and the other party to be protected even in those events where it’s not necessary to have a bill of sale form. Consider using these bills of sale to record such transactions as equipment, supplies, or tools sales. Being less specific than other types, general bills of sale need to indicate all the purchase details accurately.

Document Name Washington General Bill of Sale
Seller’s Signature Required
Buyer’s Signature Required
Notarization Optional
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Washington motor vehicle bill of sale templateA Washington bill of sale for a motor vehicle records the vehicle sale between a seller and buyer. The document verifies the accuracy of all vehicle details, including its make, model, identification number (VIN), and most recent mileage. Before the sale is settled, you may need to prove your vehicle condition by having it inspected to make sure both parties of the sale are aware of it.

Document Name Washington Bill of Sale for a Motor Vehicle
Seller’s Signature Required
Buyer’s Signature Required
Notarization Optional
State DMV Washington State Department of Licensing
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Washington boat bill of sale templateA Washington boat bill of sale helps prove the transfer of ownership of a boat. The document should cover such information as boat registration numbers, make, model, year of manufacture, and any additional features making your boat stand out. As a rule, you do not need the bill of sale to register a newly purchased vessel. However, you are recommended to have one for personal records to protect yourself from any legal troubles related to the transaction.

Document Name Washington Boat Bill of Sale
Seller’s Signature Required
Buyer’s Signature Required
Notarization Optional
State DMV Washington State Department of Licensing
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Washington firearm bill of sale templateA Washington bill of sale for a firearm allows recording when a firearm changes ownership. In this document, you have to specify the model, make, and caliber of the firearm, as well as the price, serial number, and individual information of the purchaser and seller (including the DLNs). Washington requires a criminal record check conducted through a licensed dealer before the transaction.

Document Name Washington Bill of Sale for a Firearm
Seller’s Signature Required
Buyer’s Signature Required
Notarization Optional
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New York general bill of sale templateA Washington trailer bill of sale is needed to document the sale and change of ownership of a trailer. The document will help the buyer register the trailer and serve as proof of ownership when there is no title. The seller will have to prepare a trailer report of sale to avoid any bills or liabilities incurred by the new owner.

Vehicle Registration Resources and Forms

Vehicles need to be registered no more than 15 days from the sale or 90 days from the time you move to Washington. You need to demonstrate that you have car insurance of at least 25,000 in coverage per injured individual and at least $50,000 for every person injured in an accident. In Washington, the base cost of registering a vehicle ranges from $72 to $155 (based on the vehicle’s weight), although your jurisdiction can impose extra fees or taxes.

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Boat Registration Resources and Forms

The legitimacy time of boat registrations in Washington is one year. They are required for all motor boats and sailboats. Even when registering a boat is not officially necessary for your boat type, you will get better access to various waterways having your boat registered.

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Forms:

  • Form TD-420-289 – Vessel Title Application.
  • Form TD-420-289A – Vessel Title Application – Additional Owners (for several registered owners or lienholders).
  • Form TD-420-811 – Vessel Registration Exemption (certifies why your vessel is exempt from registering in Washington).
  • Form TD-420-063 – Vessel Report of Sale (notifies that the vessel is sold or traded).

Firearm Registration Resources and Forms

There isn’t a specialized law in Washington requiring firearms to be registered. However, you need to record the proprietary rights change and report sales to local police and state. Washington residents are allowed to open-carry handguns. Nevertheless, there may be restrictions on locations or modes of carrying firearms without a license.

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Forms:

  • Form FIR-652-001 – Firearm Transfer Application (for pistols and semiautomatic assault rifles).
  • Form FIR-652-012 – Firearms Record Certification Request (used to request a certification of a concealed pistol or a handgun purchase history).

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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.