Boat Registration & Titling
Boat Registration and Numbering
If you own a powered boat, you'll need to register it with your state. All powered boats, as well as some other types of boats, require registration. In some cases with larger recreational boats, you may need to register your boat federally with the U.S. Coast Guard. So check the regulations.
All states will allow boats registered in other states to operate within their waters for a designated period of time. However, if another state eventually becomes your principal location for boating, you will need to transfer your boat's registration to that state.
Do Boats Have Titles?
A boat title is a legal document that proves ownership. Any boat can be voluntarily titled but not all boats require it. Check with your state boating department for boat title regulations and instructions that may be applicable where you reside.
How To Register A Boat
Depending on where you live and what type of boat you have, you may be required to register it. Check with your state boating department for all information related to these requirements and instructions on how to complete a registration, if needed.
Cost To Title A Boat
Check with your state boating department for information related to costs and instructions associated with obtaining a boat title. Generally, it can range from being free to a nominal fee that is typically between $10 and $20.
Boat Title Transfer
Contact your state boating department for information and instructions related to boat title and/or registration transfers. Many states offer this free or charge. If not, a nominal fee may be charged depending on where you reside and where the boat was originally titled and/or registered.
How To Get A Title For A Boat Without A Title
Contact your state boating department for information and instructions related to obtaining a title for a boat that has not been registered and/or titled previously. Any boat can be voluntarily titled, but not all boats require it. Generally, costs can range from being free to a nominal fee that is typically between $10 and $20.