Buying a Boat

Boat Registration: How to Register a Boat in USA

Complete list of the agencies responsible for boat registration in the United States as well as other pertinent information you may need for the process.

The boat registration process in the United States depends on what state you’re in. You shouldn’t have any problem with this matter if you are buying a brand-new vessel as most dealers typically register new boats upon purchase.

However, you may need to understand how boat registration in the U.S. works if you acquired a vessel from its previous owner.

Source: Ace Boater

While boat registration in some states is covered by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), that may not always be the case. In fact, the agency responsible for boat registration varies from one state to another.

To help you out, we have created a complete list of the agencies responsible for boat registration in all state in the country as well as other pertinent information you may need for the process:

Boat Registration in Alabama

Agency:

Alabama Marine Patrol Division (MPD)

(334) 517-2930

Coverage

  • Sailboats
  • Boats for hire
  • Mechanically-propelled vessels

Exceptions

  • Boats with valid registration from another state (staying within 90 days)
  • Boats with valid temporary certificates of number
  • Boats with valid registration from another country (temporary stay)
  • Non-mechanically propelled vessels
  • Ship lifeboat
  • Government-owned boats
  • Commercial (should be documented by the U.S. Coast Guard)

Website:

www.alea.gov

Boat Registration in Alaska

Agency:

Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Coverage

  • Powered boats
  • Non-powered boats with auxiliary units
  • Vessels used by sport fishing guides

Exceptions

  • Non-powered boats
  • Non-boats
  • Documented boats
  • Government-owned boats
  • Boats with valid registration from another state

Website:

www.dmv.org

Boat Registration in Arizona

Agency:

Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD)

(602) 942-3000

Coverage

  • Gas-powered boats
  • Any vessel powered by an electric motor (all sizes and type)

Exceptions

  • Motorized lifeboats (rescue operations use only)
  • Boats without motors
  • Vessels used by the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Boats operating in the state for under 90 days

Boat Registration in Arkansas

Agency:

Registration: Department of Finance and Administration (DFA)

Regulation:: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Coverage

All vessels powered by sails or motors operating in public waters

Exceptions

  • Boats with valid registration from another state (staying for under 90 days)
  • Watercraft documented by the Coast Guard
  • Vessels not propelled by motor or sail

Website:

dfa.arkansas.gov

Boat Registration in California

Agency:

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

(800) 777-0133

Coverage

  • Sail-propelled vessels (more than 8 ft in length)
  • Motor-powered boats
  • Commercial vessels (at least 5 tons OR at least 30 ft in length; must be registered with the Coast Guard

Exceptions

  • Boats with valid registration from another state (mostly used outside CA)
  • Seaplanes
  • Mechanically guided watercraft that stays on a fixed course
  • Houseboats
  • Oar- or paddle-powered vessel
  • Non-motorized sailboats (8 feet or less in length)
  • Sailboards
  • Ship lifeboat (without dinghies)
  • Boats used for racing
  • Vessels documented by the Coast Guard

Website:

www.dmv.org

Boat Registration in Colorado

Agency:

CO Parks and Wildlife

Coverage

  • Sail-powered boats.
  • Motor-powered boats

Exceptions

  • Canoes and kayaks
  • Boats with valid registration from another state (less than 60 days stay)

Website:

cpw.state.co.us

Boat Registration in Connecticut

Agency:

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Coverage

  • All motor-powered boats
  • Sailboats (at least 19 1/2 ft in length)
  • Personal watercraft (includes Wave Runners, Jet Skis, Sea-Doos, etc.)

Exceptions

  • U.S. government-documented boats
  • Boats propelled by oars and paddles only
  • Lifeboats
  • Vessel models from 2016 or earlier

Website:

dmv.org

Boat Registration in Delaware

Agency:

The Division of Fish and Wildlife

Coverage

All motor-propelled boats operated by DE residents

Exceptions

  • Boats with valid registration from another state
  • Boats docked, stowed, or used in DE within 60 consecutive days

Boat Registration in Florida

Agency:

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV)

(850) 617-2000

Coverage

All vessels not included in the exceptions

Exceptions

  • Boats less than 16 ft long AND not powered by a motor
  • All non-motorized vessels (canoes, kayaks, racing shells, rowing sculls)
  • Vessels used only on private ponds and lakes
  • Government-owned boats
  • Lifeboats
  • Non-resident vessels (used for 90 consecutive days or less)

Website:

flhsmv.gov

Boat Registration in Georgia

Agency:

Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

(800) 366-2661

Coverage

  • Mechanically-propelled vessels
  • Sailboats longer than 12 ft

Exceptions

  • Boats not used outside private ponds or lakes
  • Sailboats less than 12 ft. AND are not mechanically propelled
  • Rowboats, kayaks, canoes, and rubber rafts (no mechanical propulsion)

Boat Registration in Hawaii

Agency:

The Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR)

(808) 587-1970

Coverage

All commercial and recreational vessels

Exceptions

  • Manually-propelled recreational vessels
  • Boats documented with the Coast Guard
  • Lifeboats
  • Recreational sail-propelled vessels (8 ft long or less)
  • Government-owned boats
  • Out-of-state vessels operating for 60 days or less
  • Public vessels

Website:

dlnr.hawaii.gov

Boat Registration in Idaho

Agency:

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR)

(800) 247-6332

Coverage

All vessels with ANY type of motor, including electric trolling motors

Exceptions

  • Manually propelled vessels (canoes, kayaks, etc)
  • Float tubes
  • Sailboards
  • Vessels with Coast Guard documentation
  • Boats with valid registration from another state (used 60 consecutive days or less)

Boat Registration in Illinois

Agency:

Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

(866) 867-3542

Coverage

All vessels used on state waters that are not included in the exceptions

Exceptions

  • Boats with valid license from another state OR the Coast Guard (staying for not more than 60 consecutive days)
  • Vessels registered in another country (temporary operated)
  • Boats owned by an entity of the U.S. government
  • Lifeboats
  • Boats designed for and competing in races (should be approved by the DNR)
  • Vessels not propelled by sail or motor (Canoes, Kayaks, Kiteboards, Paddle boards, etc.)

Website:

dnr.illinois.gov

Boat Registration in Indiana

Agency:

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV)

(888) 692-6841

Coverage

All vessels operated on state waters

Exceptions

  • Non-motorized boats (except sailboats), like canoes, rowboats, and paddle boats
  • Boats registered in another country (temporary use in state waters)
  • Ship lifeboats
  • Vessels moored/docked on the Indiana portion of Lake Michigan (180 days maximum)
  • Non-resident boats with valid registration in another state (staying no more than 60 consecutive days)

Website:

www.in.gov

Boat Registration in Iowa

Agency:

Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

(515) 725-8200

Coverage

All boats operated on state waters

Exceptions

  • Inflatable watercraft (7 ft or less in length)
  • Canoes and kayaks (13 ft or shorter AND not propelled by a sail or motor)
  • Boats registered out of state (staying no more than 60 days)

Website:

www.iowadnr.gov

Boat Registration in Kansas

Agency:

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT)

(620) 672-5911

Coverage

All watercraft powered by sail, diesel, gasoline, or electricity

Exceptions

  • Boats with valid registration from another state (staying no more than 60 days)

Website:

ksoutdoors.com

Boat Registration in Kentucky

Agency:

KY Transportation Cabinet

(502) 564-1257

Coverage

All mechanically-propelled watercraft primarily used on the state’s waterways

Exceptions

  • Boats with valid registration from another state (staying no more than 60 days)
  • Ship Lifeboat
  • Boats with valid registration from another country (temporary stay)
  • Government-owned vessels

Website:

drive.ky.gov

Boat Registration in Louisiana

Agency:

LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF)

(225) 765-2898

Coverage

All vessels used on state waters owned by qualified residents

Exceptions

None

Boat Registration in Maine

Agency:

Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW)

(207) 287-8000

Coverage

All motorized boats and personal watercraft

Exceptions

  • Boats with valid registration from another state or country with displayed decal (staying no more than 60 days)
  • Ship lifeboats
  • Watercraft displaying a current boat number from a recognized racing association that are strictly used for racing
  • Governments-owned boats used only for official purposes
  • Military or public watercraft (except ones used for recreational purposes)

Website:

www.maine.gov

Boat Registration in Maryland

Agency:

Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

(877) 620-8367

Coverage

All commercial AND recreational vessels with mechanical propulsion and is primarily used in state waters throughout the year

Exceptions

None

Website:

dnr.maryland.gov

Boat Registration in Massachusetts

Agency:

Boat, ATV, and Snowmobile Registration Bureau

(617) 626-1610

Coverage

  • Register all motorized boats used on state waters
  • Title vessels at least 14 ft long which are designed to be motorized

Exceptions

  • Non-motorized watercraft
  • Vessels with Coast Guard documentation
  • Boats with valid registration from another state (staying no more than 60 days)
  • Government-owned vessels
  • Dealer watercraft used solely for promotion

Website:

www.mass.gov

Boat Registration in Michigan

Agency:

Michigan Secretary of State (SOS)

(888) 767-6424

Coverage

All vessels used on public waters, including:

  • Vessels at least 20 ft in length
  • Boats with permanent motors

Exceptions

  • Vessels not more than 16 ft. long and powered by oars or paddles (should not be used for commercial/rental purposes)
  • Rafts, surfboards, sailboards, and swim floats (all sizes)
  • Non-motor canoes and kayaks (not used for rental/commercial purposes)
  • Boats with valid registration from another state (temporary stay)

Website:

www.michigan.gov

Boat Registration in Minnesota

Agency:

Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

(651) 296-6157

Coverage

  • All motorized watercraft
  • All non-motorized vessels (maximum of 10 ft long)

Exceptions

  • Boats with valid registration from another state or country (no more than 90 consecutives stay)
  • Government-owned boats (except those used for recreational purposes)
  • Documented watercraft
  • Ship lifeboat
  • Duck boats (duck hunting season use only)
  • Rice boats (harvest season use only)
  • Seaplanes

Boat Registration in Mississippi

Agency:

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP)

Coverage

  • All motorized vessels
  • All sailboats

Exceptions

  • Vessels documented by the Coast Guard

Website:

www.mdwfp.com

Boat Registration in Missouri

Agency:

Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR)

(573) 526-3669

Coverage

ALL mechanically propelled vessels

Exceptions

  • Oar- and paddle-powered boats (any length)
  • Sailboats or sailboards (no more than 12 ft long)
  • Ship lifeboat
  • Watercraft registered out-of-state (stored or used for less than 60 consecutive days)
  • Boats with valid registration from another state or country (no more than 60 consecutive days stay)
  • Government-owned vessels

Website:

dor.mo.gov

Boat Registration in Montana

Agency:

Registration: Department of Justice (DOJ) Vehicle Services Bureau

Regulation:: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP)

(406) 444-2535

Coverage

  • All motorized vessels (including motorized canoes, rubber rafts, and personal watercraft
  • Sailboats at least 12 ft long

Exceptions

  • All non-motorized (canoes, kayaks, rowboats)
  • Non-motorized sailboats (less than 12 ft long)
  • Documented watercraft
  • Boats owned by a U.S. government entity
  • Lifeboats
  • Boats with valid registration from another state or country (no more than 90 consecutive days stay)

Website:

dojmt.gov

Boat Registration in Nebraska

Agency:

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Coverage

  • All motorized watercraft built after 1972 must have a valid hull identification number (HIN)
  • All motorized vessels built after November 1, 1972 must be titled with the DMV
  • All vessels propelled by a mechanical device and powered by a gas, diesel, or electric motors

Exceptions

  • Vessels with Coast Guard documentation
  • Government-owned watercraft (any branch)
  • Boats with valid registration from another state (no more than 60 consecutive days stay)
  • Motorboats competing in state-approved time trials or races (48 hours before or after the competition)

Website:

www.dmv.org

Boat Registration in Nevada

Agency:

Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW)

(775) 688-1983

Coverage

ALL motorized watercraft, including jet skis

Exceptions

  • Non-motorized vessel (non-motorized sailboats, canoes, kayaks, etc.)
  • Boats with valid registration from another state (no more than 90 consecutive days stay)
  • Boats with valid registration from another country (temporary stay)
  • Ship lifeboat
  • Government-, state-, political subdivision-owned public vessel

Website:

www.ndow.org

Boat Registration in New Hampshire

Agency:

Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

(603) 227-4030

Coverage

  • All motorized vessels (any size)
  • Sailboats and sailboards (with length of at least 12 ft)

Exceptions

  • Sailboat and sailboards (less than 12 ft long)
  • Non-motorized kayaks and canoes
  • Government-owned vessel
  • Boats with valid registration from another state (no more than 30 consecutive days stay)

Website:

www.dmv.org

Boat Registration in New Jersey

Agency:

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC)

(609) 292-6500

Coverage

  • All vessels more than 12 feet long MUST be titled
  • Some vessels to be registered, with exceptions

Exceptions

Titling

  • Ship lifeboats
  • Canoes and kayaks
  • Inflatable boats
  • Surfboards
  • Racing shells and rowing sculls
  • Dinghies used for transportation (boats and the beach)
  • Boats 12 feet or less in length

Registration

  • Public watercraft
  • Foreign vessels
  • Ship lifeboats
  • Non-motorized watercraft exclusively used in small lakes and private ponds
  • Racing vessels with permit from the New Jersey State Police’s Marine Services Bureau
  • Boats with valid registration from another state (operating less than 180 days in NJ waters)
  • Non-motorized, less than 12 feet long watercraft (inflatable devices, surfboards, dinghies, racing shells, canoes, and kayaks

Website:

www.state.nj.us

Boat Registration in New Mexico

Agency:

New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD)

Coverage

All watercraft propelled by motors or sails

Exceptions

  • Paddle- or oar-propelled canoes, kayaks, and rafts
  • Sailboards
  • Windsurf boards
  • Coast Guard documented vessels
  • Boats with valid registration from another state (less than 90 consecutive days stay)

Boat Registration in New York

Agency:

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

(518) 486-9786

Coverage

All vessels partially or wholly motor-driven used in public waterways

Exceptions

  • Non-motorized vessels (e.g. kayaks and canoes)
  • Lifeboats
  • Boats with valid out-of-state registration (less than 90 consecutive days stay)
  • US- or foreign-documented commercial boats
  • Vessels participating in races and competition

Website:

www.dmv.org

Boat Registration in North Carolina

Agency:

Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC)

(800) 628-3773

Coverage

Titling:

  • Motorized boats
  • Sailboats at least 14 ft in length
  • Personal watercraft (e.g. jet skis)

Registration:

  • Motor-powered watercraft, including trolling motors and jet skis
  • Watercraft with valid registration from another state (operating for more than 90 days)
  • Vessels with Coast Guard documentation (operating more than 90 days)
  • Sailboats over 14 ft long

Exceptions

  • Oar- or paddle-powered rowboats, canoes, and rafts.
  • Ship lifeboats, if only used for emergency purposes.
  • Any type of boat used only on a private pond.
  • Watercraft registered in another state OR documented with the Coast Guard (no more than 90 consecutive days stay)

Website:

ncwildlife.org

Boat Registration in North Dakota

Agency:

ND Game and Fish Department

(701) 328-6300

Coverage

All motor-propelled vessels

Exceptions

  • Boats with valid registration from another state (less than 90 consecutive days stay)
  • Boats with valid registration from another country (temporary stay)
  • Boats owned by a U.S. government entity
  • Ship lifeboats
  • Non-motorized watercraft (canoes, kayaks, rowboats, etc.)

Website:

gf.nd.gov

Boat Registration in Ohio

Agency:

Division of Parks and Watercraft

(614) 265-6480

Coverage

All recreational vessels such as motorboats, sailboats, canoes, kayaks, inflatable boats, rowing shells, racing sculls, pedal boats, and personal watercraft like Sea-Doos and jet skis

Exceptions

  • Coast Guard documented watercraft
  • Kiteboards
  • Belly boats/float tubes
  • Paddle boards
  • Boats with valid registration from another state (staying under 60 days)
  • Documented commercial boats
  • Boats from foreign countries
  • Lifeboats
  • Boats owned by any government agencies

Boat Registration in Oklahoma

Agency:

Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) of the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC)

(405) 521-3221

Coverage

All vessels with an outboard motor of more than 10 HP

Exceptions

  • Paddle-propelled canoes and kayaks
  • Paddleboat with less than 8 ft in length and propelled by humans only (may have belt, chain, or gears)
  • Boats with valid registration from another state (staying under 60 calendar days throughout one calendar year)
  • Watercraft owned by a U.S. government entity
  • Lifeboats
  • Vessels used in a race
  • Commercial flotation devices

Website:

www.ok.gov

Boat Registration in Oregon

Agency:

Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB)

Coverage

All motorized vessels and sailboats at least 12 ft long

Exceptions

  • Government-owned watercraft, including documented vessels
  • Boats with valid registration from another country (staying temporarily)
  • Ship lifeboats
  • Boats with valid registration from another state (staying under 60 consecutive days)
  • Non-motorized watercraft (e.g. canoes, kayaks, rowboats)

Website:

www.oregon.gov

Boat Registration in Pennsylvania

Agency:

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC)

(866) 262-8734

Coverage

  • All motorized watercraft
  • Sailboats with auxiliary motors
  • Coast Guard- documented recreational vessels
  • Non-motorized boats used on PA Fish and Boat Commission-, PA State Parks waters-, PA State Forests-governed waters or if required by property owner

Exceptions

  • Boats with out of state registration (temporarily operation)
  • Government-owned watercraft
  • Lifeboats
  • Search and rescue vessels
  • Non-recreational documented watercraft
  • Non-motorized boats like kayaks, rowboats, sailboards used in waters not governed by PFBC, PA State Parks, State Forests, or on private property not requiring registration

Boat Registration in Rhode Island

Agency:

Department of Environmental Management (DEM)

(401) 222-6647

Coverage

ALL motorized boats and personal watercraft

Exceptions

  • Watercraft registered with another country (temporary stay)
  • Motorboats owned by a U.S. government entity
  • Non-motorized kayaks and canoes
  • Rowboats shorter than 12 ft
  • Lifeboats
  • Ferries
  • Vessels used only for racing
  • Boats with valid registration from another state (no more than 90 days stay)

Website:

hwww.dem.ri.gov

Boat Registration in South Carolina

Agency:

Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

(803) 734-3857

Coverage

All mechanically-propelled vessels

Exceptions

Titling:

  • Vessels documented with the Coast Guard
  • Windsurfers
  • Human-propelled watercraft (using oars, paddles, or other similar instruments)
  • Outboard motors (below 5 HP)

Website:

www.dnr.sc.gov

Boat Registration in South Dakota

Agency:

Game, Fish and Parks (GFP)

(605) 223-7660

Coverage

Titling:

  • Vessels more than 12 feet in length
  • All motor boats acquired on or after July 1, 1993

Registration:

  • All motorized vessels
  • Non-motorized vessels 12 feet long (should have validation stickers, numbering is optional)
  • Non-motorized vessels 18 feet long (should have stickers AND numbering)

Exceptions

Titling:

  • Canoes
  • Kayaks
  • Inflatable boats
  • Sailboards
  • Seaplanes

Registration:

  • Coast guard documented vessels (staying under 60 consecutive days in 1 year)
  • Non-motorized boats measuring 12 feet or less
  • Boats with valid registration in another state (staying no more than 60 consecutive days)

Website:

gfp.sd.gov

Boat Registration in Tennessee

Agency:

TN Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA)

(615) 781-6585

Coverage

  • Mechanically-powered vessels
  • Sailboats

Exceptions

  • Watercraft propelled by paddles or oars (e.g. canoes, kayaks, rowboats)
  • Boats with out-of-state registration (operating for no more than 60 days)
  • Boats with valid registration from another country (staying temporarily)
  • Lifeboats

Website:

www.tn.gov

Boat Registration in Texas

Agency:

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)

(800) 262-8755

Coverage

  • All motorized vessels including those powered by trolling motors
  • Any sailboat at least 14 ft long
  • All sailboats with auxiliary engines
  • Vessels documented by the Coast Guard

Exceptions

  • All non-motorized or paddle- oar-propelled vessels (canoes, kayaks, punts, rowboats, rubber rafts)
  • Wind-propelled sailboats (less than 14 ft long)
  • Coast Guard-documented commercial vessels used in coastal shipping or more than 115 ft long

Website:

tpwd.texas.gov

Boat Registration in Utah

Agency:

Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Coverage

All vessels powered by a motor or sail

Exceptions

  • Boats with out-of-state registration (staying no more than 60 days)
  • Vessels registered with another country (temporarily staying)
  • Government-owned watercraft
  • Ship lifeboats
  • Non-motorized vessels (canoes, kayaks, sailboards, inflatable watercraft)

Website:

www.dmv.org

Boat Registration in Vermont

Agency:

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

(802) 828-2000

Coverage

ALL motorized boats (any size or type)

Exceptions

  • Vessels registered in another state (staying for no more than 90 consecutive days)
  • Coast Guard-documented boats
  • All non-motorized kayaks, canoes, and sailboats
  • Boats registered with another country (staying no more than 90 days)
  • Government-owned watercraft
  • Lifeboats

Website:

www.dmv.org

Boat Registration in Virginia

Agency:

Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF)

(866) 721-6911

Coverage

ALL motorized vessels

Exceptions

  • Non-motorized watercraft (e.g. canoes, rowboats, kayaks, etc.)
  • Boats exclusively used on private waters
  • Vessels registered in another state (staying for no more than 90 consecutive days)

Boat Registration in Washington

Agency:

Department of Licensing (DOL)

(360) 902-3770

Coverage

All motor and/or sail-powered vessels

Exceptions

  • Boats powered only by paddles or oars, (e.g. canoes, kayaks, and rowboats)
  • Government agency-owned vessels
  • Properly documented watercraft primarily used for commerce
  • Motorboats less than 16 ft long (not over 10 HP and not used on federal waters)
  • Boats with valid registration from another state or country (staying for no more than 60 days)
  • Military watercraft
  • Vessels for sale (held by a licensed dealer)
  • Watercraft used only for commercial fishing

Website:

www.dol.wa.gov

Boat Registration in West Virginia

Agency:

Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Coverage

ALL motorized vessels, including personal watercraft (e.g. jet skis)

Exceptions

  • Non-motorized vessels (e.g. canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and sailboats)
  • Boats documented with the Coast Guard.
  • Motorboats participating in WV races.
  • Boats with valid registration from other countries (temporary stay)
  • Watercraft registered in another state (staying for no more than 60 consecutive days)
  • Lifeboats

Website:

www.dmv.org

Boat Registration in Wisconsin

Agency:

Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

(888) 936-7463

Coverage

All motorized boats sailboats over 12 feet long

Exceptions

  • Vessels with valid registration from another country (temporary stay)
  • Ships lifeboats
  • Non-motorized sailboats (not over 12 feet in length)
  • Manually-propelled watercraft (e.g. canoes, kayaks, and rowboats)
  • Watercraft registered with a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band
  • Vessels owned by a U.S. government entity or military (non-recreational use)
  • Boats registered in another state (staying for no more than 60 consecutive days)

Website:

dnr.wi.gov

Boat Registration in Wyoming

Agency:

Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WFGD)

Coverage

All motorized boats, including those with trolling motors (title required)

Exceptions

  • Non-motorized vessels (e.g. canoes, kayaks, sailboats, sailboards, and rowboats)
  • Watercraft owned by a US government entity
  • Vessels with valid registration from another state (staying for no more than 90 consecutive days)

Website:

wgfd.wyo.gov

Boat Registration in Washington DC

Agency:

Harbor Patrol of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD)

(202) 727-4582

Coverage

ALL vessels currently and primarily using Washington DC waters (e.g. motorboats, sailboats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, and

personal watercraft like jet skis)

Exceptions

  • Coast Guard-documented vessels
  • Vessels with valid registration from another state or country (staying for no more than 50 consecutive days)
  • Vessels used exclusively for racing
  • Lifeboats

Website:

mpdc.dc.gov

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