Updated on February 7th, 2021
The Florida boat bill of sale is a document detailing a transaction between the seller of a vessel to a buyer. This form isn’t always required, but more often than not, it is a useful document to the buyer for registration and titling purposes. Furthermore, a bill of sale can be helpful for both parties when filing their taxes. The bill of sale will contain all pertinent information relating to the vessel, such as year, make, model, and hull identification number. The names, addresses, and signatures of the buyer and seller will also be included in the document.
Florida Boat Registration
Both new and used vessels must be titled and registered at the same time by the owner. The documents required for titling vary depending on whether or not the vessel is new and in which state it was previously titled. To complete the titling and registration of a recently purchased vessel, the new owner must execute the following steps:
- Visit the offices of a tax collector or license plate agent.
- Complete an Application for Certificate of Title With/Without Registration (Form 82040).
- Provide the collector or agent with one (1) of the following documents:
- Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (new vessel only)
- Title transferred from seller to buyer (used vessel with a title)
- Bill of sale (used vessel without a title)
- Pay all necessary fees and sales tax (if not paid already). Registration fees can be found here (based on length of the vessel), and titling fees are listed below.
- $5.25 for electronic title
- $7.75 for paper title
- $11.00 for expedited title
- Additional $4.00 if vessel was registered outside Florida