Maryland Bill of Sale Templates

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A Maryland Bill of Sale is a legal form that documents in writing a sale of goods or transfer of property from one party to another as long as it’s not real estate. It’s evidence that a conscious decision was made and that the rights of the assets have been transferred.

Maryland General Bill of Sale

The Maryland General bill of sale can be used for the purchase and sale of any personal property as long as there isn’t a more specific form available. Maryland is one of only six states that requires a notary to witness the signing of this document no matter what type it is.

The form has everything you could need to properly record the sale:

  • Blank spaces for each party’s personal information
  • Date of transfer
  • Description of the personal property in question
  • Total sale price
  • Space for signatures
  • Space for notary

Some other details that may be included on this form are “as is” language, a statement that the seller can sell the item legally, a statement that the buyer has had time to inspect the item, and identification of the state laws governing the transaction.

Maryland Car Vehicle Bill of Sale

The Maryland Motor Vehicle bill of sale is required if the motor vehicle is 7 years old or newer and is being sold for less than its estimated value. If you aren’t sure of the vehicle’s estimated value, you can call the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) for its book value.

To fill this out, you’ll need

  • The vehicle’s description including the VIN, make, and model
  • Vehicle odometer reading at the time of sale
  • Name of seller and buyer
  • Purchase price
  • Signature of buyer and seller in front of a notary

If it’s older than 7 years or being sold for its estimated value, it’s not technically required to have this document written, but it is still advised. 

Maryland Motorcycle Bill of Sale

For Maryland, there is no separate motorcycle bill of sale. It falls under the same category as a motor vehicle.

The same rules apply as well. If it’s 7 years old or newer and being sold for less than the book value, this document is required. If older than 7 or being sold for its estimated value, it’s not technically required but advised.

Maryland Boat Bill of Sale

A Maryland boat bill of sale is required to register your boat with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). It shows that a boat has been legally sold and acquired between a dealer and someone or between two people.

You will need the following information:

  • Description of the vessel
  • Buyer’s information
  • Seller’s information
  • Signature of the seller

Only the seller is required to sign the bill of sale for a boat.

Maryland Trailer Bill of Sale

If you want or need to register your trailer in Maryland, you need a trailer bill of sale. There are many different kinds of trailers, so there are a few different regulations out there. Office trailers and mobile homes that are longer than 35 feet don’t need to be registered.

To fill out this document, you’ll need:

  • Trailer description including VIN, year, make, and model
  • Buyer’s name and address
  • Seller’s name and address
  • Purchase price
  • Buyer and seller signature
  • Notary, depending on the price

All boat, camping, tent, or travel trailers are subject to the same laws as motor vehicles because they need to be registered if they’re going to be used on the road.

Maryland Firearm Bill of Sale

There are a lot of rules and regulations around the selling and buying of firearms in Maryland. You should check with the Maryland State Police to learn what you need to do for the firearm that you have.

Whether it’s registration or a permit, you’ll have to go through a licensed firearm dealer because the police don’t handle those procedures anymore.

You’ll need the following information in your document:

  • Make, model, caliber, and serial number of the firearm
  • Sale price
  • Seller’s and buyer’s name, address, and driver’s license number
  • Notarized signatures of buyer, seller, and witnesses

Maryland Horse Bill of Sale

It’s not required by law in Maryland to have a horse bill of sale, but it is an important document in equine transactions because it helps track the ownership of the horse. Ownership determines who is responsible for care and behavior on any given date.

To complete this document, you’ll need:

  • Description of the horse
  • Name, breed, dam, and sire of the horse
  • Health and condition of the animal at time of purchase
  • Veterinary examination or note that it was waived
  • Selling price
  • Buyer’s and seller’s name and address
  • Signature of seller


Yes, if you’re buying something that requires proof of purchase to register it, such as a car.

Yes. Maryland is one of six states that require bills of sale to be notarized.

You can, but it is highly recommended that you have a typed copy instead. This provides clarity for all parties involved and will be easier to notarize.