A Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin (WI).
The item can be any kind of personal property that is bought or exchanged for money, or traded for another item of value.
You should use a Bill of Sale in Wisconsin if you’re buying or selling a car (or any type of vehicle), a boat, a gun/firearm, a motorcycle, or a horse.
Types of Bill of Sale
A form to buy or sell a motor vehicle in the state of Wisconsin. In many states, a bill of sale is required to register a vehicle at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
A document to transfer ownership of recreational water vehicles (such as motorboats, sailboats, yachts, and jet skis) in the state of Wisconsin.
A form to buy or sell a trailer (or any non-motorized vehicle pulled by another vehicle) in the state of Wisconsin and register it at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
A document to transfer ownership of a gun (such as a handgun, rifle, or shotgun) in the state of Wisconsin, and avoid legal or criminal issues involving the weapon after it is sold.
Use a Wisconsin motorcycle bill of sale to record the transfer of a motorcyle in the state of Wisconsin. By detailing information about the bike being sold, you can protect yourself from fraudulent sales.
Vehicle Registration Forms
- Certificate of Title (with Form MV 2489 if there are any alterations to the title)
- Title and License Plate Application (Form MV1) (if not applying online)
- Bill of Sale
- Driver’s license or valid photo ID;
Proof of insurance meeting minimum state requirements  :
- $25,000 for the injury or death of a single person;
- $50,000 for the injury or death of more than one person;
- $10,000 for damage to property;
- Lien release (if vehicle is subject to a lien at the time of sale)
- Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney (if an agent represents the buyer or seller)
Proof of payment of all fees and taxes
- Registration fee
- Local sales tax
- Wheel tax (if driving an eligible vehicle)
- Title fee
- Fuel surcharge (for electric or hybrid vehicles)
Boat Registration Forms
- Boat Registration and Titling Application (Form 9400-193) (Buyers can use a photocopy of a completed form as temporary proof of registration until receiving an official registration card in the mail)
- Bill of Sale
- Original certificate of title (seller must sign over to buyer)
- Lien release from the seller (if boat is subject to lien)
- Proof of payment of all sales taxes and registration fees
Motorcycle Registration Forms
- Wisconsin motorcycle license
- Proof of insurance
- Signed title
- Power of Attorney (if an agent represents the buyer or seller)
- Bill of sale and old registration if bought in a state that doesn’t issue titles.
- Wisconsin Title and Plates Form
Wisconsin Bill of Sale Sample
Below is an example of a Wisconsin bill of sale form.