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#2960173 - 12/30/08 08:11 PM I have a boat that i purchased with no title but i have a bill of sale
jerry3 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/20/08
Posts: 16
I have a boat that i purchased with no title but i have a bill of sale. I have the papers of the internet to get the title have any of yall ever done this before? Where do i take the paper work to, to get the title thanks for your imput

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#2960202 - 12/30/08 08:25 PM Re: I have a boat that i purchased with no title but i have a bill of sale [Re: jerry3]
epicoutdoors Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/18/08
Posts: 1414
Loc: On The Water NE Texas
If you bought the boat from a state that does not title boats and outboard motors you still need the previous owners registration papers and a bill of sale. If the boat came from TX it should have titles or you'll have a big mess to deal with. Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. handles boat titling and registration. They have offices all over TX. You can look them up online.

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#2960265 - 12/30/08 09:37 PM Re: I have a boat that i purchased with no title but i have a bill of sale [Re: epicoutdoors]
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Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 40017
Loc: Haslet, Texas
I do not think you can legally sell a boat without a tiitle. You are gonna be in for a headache from the state I can almost promise that.
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#2960314 - 12/30/08 11:38 PM Re: I have a boat that i purchased with no title but i have a bill of sale [Re: Mark Perry]
RedRanger Offline
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Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 16354
Loc: Frisco, Texas
Hope you didn't pay much for it.

Lets hope the boat isn't stolen.

You will have to do a mechanic lein or a abandoment.

I don't know the whole process for a boat but for a car, you send like 3 Certified Copies of letter to owner on the title.

Then you have to take the 3 certified letter/return to sender un opened to tax office and then do the title process.

For a boat I don't know the process, but I am sure it's a headache.
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#2960449 - 12/31/08 03:33 AM Re: I have a boat that i purchased with no title but i have a bill of sale [Re: RedRanger]
BillS2006 Offline
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Registered: 02/01/06
Posts: 3122
Loc: Gonzales, Texas, USA
Has it ever been titled?
Did you buy it out of state?
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#2960659 - 12/31/08 05:15 AM Re: I have a boat that i purchased with no title but i have a bill of sale [Re: BillS2006]
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#2960797 - 12/31/08 05:58 AM Re: I have a boat that i purchased with no title but i have a bill of sale [Re: Hooker]
jerry3 Offline
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Registered: 12/20/08
Posts: 16
the boat doesnt have a motor and i only payed 140 for it but i was wantinig to get the title so i could sell the boat i might just try and find someone that owns a big stock pond that would want to buy it

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#2960822 - 12/31/08 06:06 AM Re: I have a boat that i purchased with no title but i have a bill of sale [Re: jerry3]
krawlin 47 Offline
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Registered: 02/24/08
Posts: 11655
Loc: Sachse Texas
Thats really the only option for that boat. I dealt with an issue like this with a bassbuster boat...even with a plastic boat there is a boat vin that must have a clear title trail.
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#2961281 - 12/31/08 08:28 AM Re: I have a boat that i purchased with no title but i have a bill of sale [Re: Hooker]
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#2961359 - 12/31/08 08:53 AM Re: I have a boat that i purchased with no title but i have a bill of sale [Re: Cameron]
Backlash2 Offline
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Registered: 11/12/03
Posts: 185
Loc: Azle,Tx
The bill of sell has to be notorized to make it work by the person on the title to you .I went thur this a few years ago and what a pain it was . You`ll need it for the boat then one for the motor and then just to make it easy .One for the trailer also.That`s three all together and they can`t all be on just one.TMV needs one just for the trailer .All bills of sell has to have the amount for each one .Can`t group them or it wouldn`t work.Good Luck !!!


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#2962652 - 12/31/08 04:58 PM Re: I have a boat that i purchased with no title but i have a bill of sale [Re: Backlash2]
jerry3 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/20/08
Posts: 16
Thanks for all the help anyone wanna buy a 14ft fiberglass flat bottom boat with trailer lol

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#2962695 - 12/31/08 05:14 PM Re: I have a boat that i purchased with no title but i have a bill of sale [Re: jerry3]
whitneycatfish Offline
Angler

Registered: 11/22/08
Posts: 274
Loc: whitney tx
as for the trailer, just register it as home made,for the boat, if the previous owner didn't have it titled in his name you can print out a form from tpwd to do a title search for free, just take it where ever you register your boat, it will give you the name and address of the title holder and you can give them a call, and if there nice they'll help you out. if it has not been titled you just have to apply for one.


Edited by whitneycatfish (12/31/08 05:14 PM)
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#2963493 - 01/01/09 05:28 AM Re: I have a boat that i purchased with no title but i have a bill of sale [Re: whitneycatfish]
fishinnb Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/25/07
Posts: 1262
Loc: new braunfels
you have to get a release of lien, bill of sale for boat and motor. i bought my boat from my father in law. he lost the title. IT WAS A PAIN. had to go back to the origonal owner from 1988 to get the info.

that being said the ladies at tpwd in austin were very patient and helpful, and we got it done.

whitneycatfish is right on about the trailer.

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#2963519 - 01/01/09 05:43 AM Re: I have a boat that i purchased with no title but i have a bill of sale [Re: fishinnb]
rangertb Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/17/05
Posts: 92
Loc: Bedford,Texas
I just went through this. The first thing to do is see if you can see any signs of an old TX number. They can look that up and possibly find it in the tpwd system. If no number can be found, I printed out forms pwd 143 and 314 and went back to the seller to have them fill these out. One is a registration and title application which the seller has to sign and the other is an affidavit stating why the previous owner did not title the boat and did not have it registered. I also took a pencil tracing of the hull number and a printed out digital picture of the hull id. With the above paperwork I was issued a Texas certificate and Tx numbers. It took me several trips to get this all together and cost me $67.50 to do all this. Have to do all this to use the boat with a trolling motor or gas motor.


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#2965072 - 01/01/09 07:03 PM Re: I have a boat that i purchased with no title but i have a bill of sale [Re: rangertb]
Gambit Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/02/08
Posts: 2568
Loc: White Settlement, TX
If you wan't to register a boat in texas, without a title.
You had better be in contact with the original owner, because I had the same problem and TPWS will NOT let you register a boat without a title. PERIOD
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