A Hawaii Bill of Sale is a legal document used to transfer ownership of a valuable item from one person to another, based on the specific state laws of Hawaii (HI).
A private vehicle sale in Hawaii typically does not require a bill of sale unless the transaction occurs in Honolulu County and the seller is not listed on the vehicle’s title as the owner.
That said, you still benefit from having a Bill of Sale as a legal record of the sale and documenting the change of ownership.
Hawaii does not have a statewide Department of Motor Vehicles; therefore, each county’s government manages title and registration.
The bills of sale provided by the county governments are in English.
The vehicle bill of sale provided by Honolulu County, which is used if the seller is not listed on the car’s title, must be notarized.
A bill of sale is not required if the title is in the seller’s name.
However, it is still wise to secure a signed Hawaii bill of sale to document the transaction.
When you buy a vehicle in Hawaii, you pay a state sales tax of 4% and a weight-based excise tax.
Check with your county’s vehicle registration office to confirm taxes and fees.
Vehicle Registration Forms
- Bill of Sale
- Odometer Disclosure Statement included in the Bill of Sale
- Certificate of Title, signed by both seller and buyer (should be provided by the previous owner)
- Certificate of Registration (should be provided by the previous owner)
- Application for Registration
- Notice of Transfer (CS-L(MVR)53) located on the top of the Certificate of Title
- Release of Lien (if applicable)
- Safety Inspection Certificate
- Registration fees and taxes
- Proof of insurance
Boat Registration Forms
- Bill of Sale
- Application for Vessel Registration and Certificate of Number (REV 2021);
- Original Certificate of Title (for out-of-state titles transfers if no bill of sale)
- Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (for new boats only)
- Change of Status (LNR 3-023)
- Certificate of Boating Safety Education
- Valid Hawaii Driver’s License or Proof of Identity
Firearm Registration Forms
Registration is not required, but all persons must first obtain a firearm permit to acquire one. Also, all firearms acquired in Hawaii or imported into the state must be registered within five (5) calendar days of acquisition.
Below is an example of a Hawaii bill of sale form.