How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in Florida
Most new boats must be registered through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHS&MV) before they can be sailed.
VESSELS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION
- Any powerboat using public waters
- Non-powered boats longer than sixteen feet
VESSELS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION
- Boats registered in another state and not being used in Florida for more than 90 days
- Boats registered in another country temporarily plying in Florida waters (with a temporary permit and for not more than 90 days)
- A sailboat without a motor
- A ship's lifeboat
- Any boat less than sixteen feet long that is propelled only by oars or paddles
- Boats owned by the US government
- Boats owned by the state
- Boats sailed on private waters
TO REGISTER IN PERSON
- You can register a boat in person by visiting your local Tax Collector's office and completing a boat registration application.
- You must bring proof of ownership such as a bill of sale, invoice, bill of lading, certificate of origin, or out-of-state title.
Class Type Type of V essel Fees
- A-1: All vessels les s than 12 feet in length, and motorized canoes $10.25
- A-2: 12 feet or more and less than 16 feet in length $21.00
- 1: 16 feet or more and less than 26 feet in length $33.50
- 2: 26 feet or more and less than 40 feet in length $83.00
- 3: 40 feet or more and less than 65 feet in length $132.50
- 4: 65 feet or more and less than 110 feet in length $157.50
- 5: 110 feet or more in length $194.50
- Dealer Classification $30.25
The above fee includes a $2.25 service fee, $.50 FRVIS fee and $1 Decal on Demand fee.