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Updated May 31, 2022

North Carolina bill of sale is a document that serves as evidence of a legal transaction between two (2) parties in North Carolina that involves a vessel or watercraft.  It outlines details about the buyer, seller, and vessel that are important for registration. This form must be submitted as a part of a registration application with the state. Boat registrations are overseen by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Signing Requirements : The bill of sale must be signed by the seller and then notarized.

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Registering a Boat

Owners can register their boat for either one (1) or three (3) years . Boat registrations can be renewed online via ALVIN , in-person with a Wildlife Service Agent , by email to , or by phone at 1-800-628-3773 using the Vessel Renewal/Duplicate Registration Request Form .

Where to Register

New boat registrations can be processed by mail or in-person with a Wildlife Service Agent .

Required Documents