Boat Registration Basics

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Moises Linares with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation explains how to register your boat before heading out on the water.

    Moises Linares: Hi! This is Moises Linares with Take Me Fishing. If you are planning to buy a boat, there are plenty of exciting options to choose from. You have just purchased the boat or are about to, and the big question is, does my boat need to be registered and how do I go about getting that done? Just as a car needs to be registered, the same is true for boats. Requirements vary from state to state, and depending on the size and type of boat, registration numbers and validation stickers may need to be displayed. You will need to check with your state for more information about registering. This is often handled by your state DMV or State Fish and Wildlife Agency. You wont have to fill out an application and bring your registration fee in addition to your titling fee.

    You will have different options to register your boat online or in person. The certificate of registration must be on the vessel before you take your boat out in the water.

    Another common question you might be asking yourself is, do you need a license to operate your boat? In most states a license is not required, but most states have boating safety education requirements for persons of certain ages to operate motorboats.

    Check with your state for specific education requirements and approved courses in your area. Registering your boat is an important step in boat ownership, and by registering your boat you are helping to keep boating a safe and enjoyable pastime and boat protection can enhance your states aquatic natural resources today and for generations to come.