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California Bill of Sale Forms

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Updated on December 2nd, 2022

A California bill of sale is a document used to record a private transaction wherein a buyer purchases personal property from a seller. The purpose of the form is to provide proof of the transfer of ownership. This proof is necessary for the sale of a vehicle, as the new owner will be required to register it with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. A boat bill of sale can be used for the very same function. In most transactions, the seller should retain a copy of the form as well, as the signed document indicates that they are released from ownership and liability.

Types (4)

Firearm Bill of Sale – Completed upon the sale of a firearm to record the transaction and show proof of ownership.

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Boat Bill of Sale – Records a boat sale between a private seller and a buyer. Used by the buyer for registering the vessel.

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Generic Bill of Sale – A sales receipt for individuals to use when selling their personal property in private transactions.

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