How do you register a boat?
The laws and requirements for registering a boat also vary by state, however, most boats with mechanical propulsion will need to be registered. In many states, the existing title can be signed over to the new owner, who then takes it to the Department of Motor Vehicles (or the Department of Natural Resources, or a Fisheries and Wildlife Service) along with any relevant forms, where they can apply for a new title and registration. Any required taxes must be paid before new documents will be issued.
Can I register a boat in another state?
If you are selling or buying a boat to someone from another state, there may be a bit more paperwork involved, such as an application for boat registration of a hull number, but it’s usually not terribly difficult.
Can I get my boat registration online?
In some states, you can apply for a boat registration online, although if it is a new registration you will likely need to take the application to the facility in person along with the title and bill of sale. Renewing boat registrations can typically be done via mail or online in most states and your state’s DMV may also offer online, downloadable PDF versions of required forms.
Do you need a boat registration?
Again, this varies depending on state, but most states require any vessel with motorized propulsion to be registered. If you’re buying or selling a boat with a boat trailer, you’ll also need to transfer ownership of the trailer as well before the buyer can legally drive it away. Otherwise, the new owner will be driving the boat on the previous owner’s plates, thus making them liable in the event of an accident.