Updated on February 4th, 2021
A New Jersey boat bill of sale can be used to record the transfer of ownership of a boat or other vessel. When registering a watercraft with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, new owners will need to provide proof of ownership. Often the proof will come in the form of an assigned certificate of ownership or the transferred title, but a bill of sale may be used as well, especially in the case of owners registering from out of state. The bill of sale document should feature a description of the vessel in question, the amount the buyer paid, and the signatures of all concerned parties (notarized if possible).
New Jersey Boat Registration/Titling
New Jersey boat owners will have to register and title their newly acquired vessels within ten (10) days of purchase. Failure to accomplish these two things in the prescribed window will result in a $25 penalty. To get the titling/registration squared away, owners will have to do the following:
- Fill out and sign both the Universal Title Application and a Boat Registration Application Form.
- Gather proof of ownership (Manufacturer’s Certificate of Ownership, boat title, or previous owner’s registration + bill of sale).
- Visit an MVC location, deliver the above documents, and pay the registration fee and $65 title fee.