Our Arkansas bill of sale forms can be used to officially document the sale of any personal item – including a car, boat, or firearm. In Arkansas, a bill of sale is required to register any newly purchased boat or vehicle and may need to be notarized. Once the necessary bill of sale has been completed with the buyer and seller’s information, both parties must officially sign the document to transfer ownership of the item.
Bill of Sale – By Type (5)
Use a boat bill of sale to transfer ownership of recreational water vehicles (such as motorboats, sailboats, yachts, and jet skis).
Use a trailer bill of sale to buy or sell a trailer (or any non-motorized vehicle pulled by another vehicle).
In Arkansas, the Department of Finance and Administration manages the Office of Motor Vehicle (OMV), the agency responsible for the registration and titling of vehicles and vessels. They do not require a bill of sale for all sales since a properly filled-out title may take its place legally.
However, there are two situations in which a bill of sale is considered requisite:
- If there is no more room on the title for the seller to sign the vehicle over, a bill of sale will do.
- If the seller would like to apply for a sales tax credit, a bill of sale is needed to show that the vehicle in question was sold within 45 days before or after acquiring a new vehicle.
OMV forms, including bills of sale, are unavailable in any other language. The state also does not provide translation services, so you must bring your own. If your sales transaction does not require a bill of sale, then you can fill out the bill of sale in any language you choose, as long as the party that receives the document understands it. If a copy must be filed with the state, it must be in English.
Number of Copies
If the state requires a bill of sale to complete a sales transaction, you must file a copy with the OMV. It is also customary that each party is provided with a copy of their records as a courtesy.
Does a Bill of Sale Have to be Notarized in Arkansas?
In Arkansas, bills of sale do not have to be notarized.
Vehicle Registration Forms
- Vehicle bill of sale/odometer disclosure statement ( Form 10-313)
- Proof of insurance that meets the state’s minimum requirement
- Valid drivers license
- A completed vehicle registration application (Form 10-381)
- A copy of the lien agreement, where applicable
- Proof of payment of the registration fee
The owner must have a notarized motor vehicle power of attorney form if they appoint a representative to handle vehicle-related matters.
Boat Registration Forms
- Proof of ownership, such as a bill of sale
- Legible Pencil Rubbing or Printed Photograph of the HIN
- Proof from your County Assessor showing that the boat has been assessed or listed for assessment for the current year
- Proof of personal property tax payments from the County Tax Collector indicating you paid your taxes
- Proof of insurance
- Registration fees
- Valid driver’s license or photo ID
Firearm Registration Forms
Arkansas has no law requiring firearms to be registered. The Firearm Bill of Sale form serves as proof of payment and proof of a firearm/gun ownership exchange.