Alaska may seem like a barren frontier, but it has bureaucracy the same as any other state. Bills of sale are used for everything from purchasing construction equipment to livestock and detail the deal made between the buyer and the seller.
Alaskan laws are different from most other states in that ATVs, snowmobiles, and airplanes are vehicles that need to be registered with the state, similar to cars and trucks. Boats also have stricter laws requiring bills of sale for all water-bound vehicles.
Airplanes and airplane bills of sale are handled by the FAA, Federal Aviation Administration rather than the DMV.
A general bill of sale is used for everything that isn’t covered by the other sections, equipment, clothing, whatever is changing hands between the buyer and the seller.
A general bill of sale is an excellent example of proof of purchase and using them helps simplify business dealings. That said, Alaska doesn’t require them, so it’s entirely up to the buyer and the seller if they want to create one.
Car vehicles need to be registered within thirty days of purchase at the DMV, and one of the documents you’ll need is a vehicle bill of sale.
When writing your document, it requires the names and driver’s license numbers of both the buyer and the seller and the car details.
An Alaskan motorcycle bill of sale is similar to tone for a car. It requires most of the same information, but it also requires the buyer to have a motorcycle license to purchase.
Boat bills of sale are registered with the DMV, unlike most states. Boat registration is still relatively new in Alaska, so if your boat did not come with a title, you can register for one.
The necessity of boats to get around the state is what drove this new registration process, making the selling of boats a lot like cars. You also need to specify whether you are selling the boat trailer or motor with the boat in your bill of sale.
Trailer bills of sale are in the same category as cars, where the specifics of the deal and trailer need to be registered with the DMV within thirty days of the transaction.
This exact procedure is used for motorized homes and campers, meaning all towed trailers and homes need to have titles and ownership registered with the state.
Alaska doesn’t require a firearm bill of sale for transactions involving firearms. However, it is illegal to sell guns to minors.
It’s a good idea to have one written up to prove transferral of ownership if said firearms end up somewhere unsavory.
Alaska does not require bills of sale for horses and livestock. However, it’s still a good idea for transparency between the buyers.
Alaska is quite different from the lower 48 in terms of what is considered vehicles due to the vast, untamed wilderness. Some bills of sale, such as boats and ATVs, are required, and others like airplanes are more streamlined for access to rural areas.