A Texas boat bill of sale is required for any ownership transfer. A boat’s trailer is handled through the local county tax office and must be separated from the price of the boat.
Texas bills of sale for boats and other marine vessels must have form PWD 143/144 completed and signed with the price, sale date, and trade-in information. There must be a receipt with the price, sale date, description of the boat and motor, the buyer’s name, and the seller’s signature. Lastly, the back of the TPWD title needs the sale price, the buyer’s name, and the seller’s signature on the title front.
Texas Boat Bill of Sale Requirements
For any boat or vessel, you must include a boat bill of sale, as specified on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) website. Or alternatively, you may file a Form PWD 143 application or complete the back portion of the title. All must feature the following:
- The date of sale
- The sales price (not including the trailer)
- A detailed description of the vessel or boat
- The make, serial number, and model year of the vessel
- The purchaser’s name(s)
- The seller’s signature(s)
After Purchasing a Vessel
- Complete Form PWD 143, found online or at any TPWD field office or marine dealership.
- Assign the title to the buyer(s).
- Sign Form PWD 143, and send it along with the bill of sale to the TPWD within 20 days of the date of purchase to avoid penalties.
- Pay all state fees and sales tax as indicated by your vessel’s length.
- Await the new title, along with a new Certificate of Number.
Texas Boat Bill of Sale Template
Below, you can download a TX boat bill of sale in PDF or Word format:
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