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How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in Arizona

Most new boats must be registered through the Arizona Game and Fish Department before they can be sailed.

VESSELS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION

  1. Any motorboat including those powered by electric motors.

VESSELS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION

  1. Boats registered in another country temporarily plying in Arizona waters
  2. Boats owned by the United states, a solitary state, a county, or a municipality for official purposes
  3. A ship's lifeboat
  4. Any boat that is propelled only by oars or paddles
  5. Boats registered in another state or with the U.S. Coast Guard and not being used in Arizona for more than 90 days
  6. Sailboats

TO REGISTER IN PERSON

  • You can register a boat only in person for the first time by visiting one of the offices or agencies of the Game and Fish Department.
  • You must bring a completed boat registration application and proof of ownership such as a bill of sale, invoice, previous registration, bill of lading, certificate of origin, or out-of-state title.

FEES

Boat registration fees range from $20 to $495, depending on the length of the boat and whether the applicant is a State resident or not. See here for a more detailed breakdown of the registration fees.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

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