Report the sale of a boat

Learn when and how to file a report of sale for a boat.

Why should I file a report of sale?

Filing a report of sale will protect you from civil and criminal liability. The buyer will still need to transfer ownership into their name.

How to file the report of sale

There is no fee to report the sale of a boat.

You can report the sale of a boat online or by mail.

1. Gather the required information

When you file the report, make sure you have:

  • Date of the sale or transfer
  • Name and address of the person to whom the boat was sold or transferred
  • The vessel registration and certificate number
  • The hull identification number (HIN)
  • The make, model, and year

2. Complete the Vessel Report of Sale form

To file by mail, complete the Vessel Report of Sale.

If you are filing online, you do not need to complete this form.

3. Submit your paperwork

Submit all the necessary documentation and the Vessel Report of Sale form to:

Department of Licensing
PO Box 9038
Olympia, WA 98507

Need additional help? Here's how to contact us:

call Phone: 360-902-3770
(TTY: Call 711)
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