When it comes to buying or selling personal property, it’s essential to have a clear and legally binding agreement in place. An Alaska General Bill of Sale is a reliable document outlining the transaction terms and conditions between the buyer and seller. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of filling out the Bill of Sale step by step, making it an engaging and straightforward experience. With real-life examples and a conversational tone, you’ll be able to grasp the critical aspects of this crucial document, ensuring a smooth and secure transfer of ownership.



Start with the date, the day the transaction takes place. Filling in the date ensures both parties are aware of when the transfer of ownership occurred, helping to prevent future disputes over the transaction’s timeline.

For example, “Date: April 9, 2023.”

Buyer’s Name and Seller’s Name:

Fill in the full legal names of the buyer and seller, respectively. This establishes the identities of the parties involved in the transaction.

For example, if John Doe sells a snowmobile to Jane Smith, you would write “Buyer’s Name: Jane Smith” and “Seller’s Name: John Doe.”

Include the complete mailing addresses of the buyer and seller. This helps ensure that both parties can be contacted in case of future disputes, questions, or issues regarding the transaction.

For example, you would write “Buyer’s mailing address: 123 Snowy Lane, Anchorage, AK 99501” and “Seller’s mailing address: 456 Icy Road, Fairbanks, AK 99701.”



Provide a detailed description of the personal property being sold. This helps both parties understand exactly what is being transferred, reducing the chance of confusion or misunderstandings later.

For example, if you sell a red 2019 Polaris snowmobile, you would write, “Description: Red 2019 Polaris snowmobile, model XYZ, in good condition.”

Serial Number (SN):

Include the serial number (if applicable) of the personal property to help identify the item being sold. This can be especially important for valuable or unique items.

For example, you would write “Serial Number (SN): 1ABCDE234FGHI567.”

Trade/Purchase Price:

Indicate the agreed-upon price or trade terms for the personal property. By marking the appropriate checkbox, you specify how the payment will be made, whether in cash, a gift, or a trade.

Cash payment: If the buyer pays, check the first box and fill in the amount.

Example: For a $5,000 snowmobile, check the first box and write “$5,000” in the blank space.

Specify when the price will be made:

On the date of the bill of sale:

Mark this box if the buyer pays the total amount immediately during the transaction.

At a future date:

If the buyer is making the payment later, mark this box and indicate the deadline for the price.

Example: If the buyer pays on May 1, 2023, check this box and write “May 1, 2023.”


If the personal property is being given as a gift, check the “Buyer is receiving the Personal Property as a Gift” box. This indicates that there is no monetary exchange, and the buyer is not required to pay or trade anything in return. Example: If John Doe gives his snowmobile to Jane Smith as a gift, this box should be marked.


When you and the other party decide to swap the personal property for another item or service, go ahead and check the “Seller accepts trade for the Personal Property” box. Ensure you jot down a detailed description of what’s being exchanged to clear up any confusion and set expectations for both parties.

For instance, if John Doe trades his snowmobile for Jane Smith’s ATV, check this box and write “2017 Honda ATV, model 123, blue, equipped with a winch and a storage box.”


If some special terms or conditions for your transaction don’t fit the usual mold, mark the “Other” box and describe them. This could cover financing deals, extra services, or any special agreements you’ve made together.

For example, say John Doe is selling his snowmobile to Jane Smith for $4,000, but they’ve also agreed on a $1,000 donation to a local charity. In this case, check the “Other” box and write “Cash payment of $4,000 and a $1,000 donation to XYZ Charity.”

Buyer and Seller Disclosure:

To wrap things up, both parties should sign, print their names, and date their signatures. This step confirms that the information provided is accurate and that both parties agree to the transaction terms. It’s an essential part of the process that helps protect everyone involved by legally documenting the mutual understanding of the transaction. As a final touch, John Doe and Jane Smith would sign, print their names, and date their signatures to make the transaction official.

Seller’s Signature: Sarah Thompson
Date: September 2, 2023
Print Name: Sarah Thompson

Buyer’s Signature: Mark Robinson
Date: September 2, 2023
Print Name: Mark Robinson


You can handle future personal property transactions now that you’ve filled out an Alaska General Bill of Sale. Following these detailed and engaging steps ensures the buyer and seller are protected and the transaction is legally documented. Remember, every part of the Bill of Sale serves a specific purpose, from identifying the parties involved to specifying payment terms and confirming the accuracy of the information. Use this knowledge to your advantage as your transactions progresses, fostering trust and confidence between all parties involved.