Use our simple Oregon boat bill of sale template to document a boat’s ownership transfer within the state legally. Bills of sale are only required for transactions involving private individuals and aren’t necessary for boats purchased new from a dealership.
Oregon Boat Bill of Sale Requirements
In Oregon, a boat bill of sale must include the following:
- Seller name and signature
- Buyer name and address
- Vessel description, with the state-assigned certificate number, model year, manufacturer, and Hull Identification Number (HIN)
You can have a bill of sale in any language in Oregon – there are no restrictions. However, the state’s official forms and documents are only available in English. State-provided interpreters are available through the Oregon Judicial Department.
Number of Copies
When registering the boat with its new owner, you should have three copies of your Oregon boat bill of sale – one for the buyer, one for the seller, and a copy for the Oregon State Marine Board.
Registering a Boat (After Purchasing)
You must register your new boat within 30 days with the Oregon State Marine Board. You can visit a local OSMB office near you, or you can mail your application to:
State Marine Board
PO Box 14145
Salem, OR 97309
Documents Needed to Obtain Title and Registration
To register your boat in Oregon, you will need your boat bill of sale, a completed Application for Boat Title and/or Registration form, the original boat title signed by both the buyer and the seller, and a HIN inspection certificate.
Once you receive your registration information, you must properly display your boat OR numbers according to OSMB regulations. For example, your decals must be at least 3 inches tall and in a plain, easy-to-read font with the appropriate spacing. The OSMB provides an easy-to-follow guide on how to affix your registration decal and OR numbers.
The fees for initial and renewal boat registration are based on your vessel’s length. For boats between 4 and 5 feet long, you will pay $34.75 per year. Then, you will add about $6 for every additional foot of length to the fee to calculate your estimated registration costs.
For example, annual registration for boats between 5 and 6 feet long will cost $40.70 in Oregon. Boats between 6 and 7 feet long will cost $46.65, and so on. At the other end of the fee schedule, registration for the largest vessels between 59 and 60 feet long costs $362.00 annually.
Exemptions From Registration
Some boats don’t need to be registered with the state of Oregon, including:
- Sailboats less than 12 feet long
- US Coast Guard vessels from another state
- Coast Guard vessels that are classified as recreational
- Boats with current and valid registration in another state that have been on Oregon waters for fewer than 60 days
Oregon Boat Bill of Sale Template
Below, you can download an Oregon boat bill of sale in PDF or Word format:
Does a Boat Bill of Sale Have to be Notarized in Oregon?
A boat bill of sale in Oregon becomes legally binding when both parties have signed it. You don’t need to have it notarized to be considered valid, but you do have this option if you’d like. Notarizing your bill of sale can add an extra layer of legal protection for both the buyer and the seller if something goes awry.