Delaware Boat Bill of Sale
A Delaware vessel bill of sale records all aspects of a motorized vessel's sale or purchase in the state. The bill of sale includes necessary particulars such as the mutually-agreed purchase price during the time of transaction and the vessel's condition. Furthermore, the new boat owner will have to submit an authenticated sale document to the Delaware Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) during the vessel registration process.

Signing Requirements - The paperwork must be signed by both the purchaser and the vendor. If the vessel was formerly possessed, validation is required.

Getting a Boat Registered

It's a must for all automated and mechanical vessels to be documented with the Delaware Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) before using on Delaware waterways. Boat owners could choose to document their boats for a year or three years. Irrespective of the years selected, documentation can be renewed virtually using DFW's Boat Registration Renewal website or through an approved vessel registration transaction store.

Where Should I Register?

All papers must be delivered in person or via post to the Delaware Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) head office.

Documents Required

  • bill of sale document;

  • A prototype of a Certificate of Title or present Registration; 

  • Application for vessel documentation (REV 2019); 

  • Tidal Access Boat Ramp Certificate for Non-Residents (used by non-residents instead of a valid DE boat registration);

  • Manufacturer's paper of descent (required only for new boats without a bill of sale); 

  • An acceptable photograph identification or evidence of nationality/Identification; and 

  • Documentation charges (prices differ depending on the type of boat).