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.
- You must bring a completed boat registration application and proof of ownership such as a bill of sale, invoice, bill of lading, certificate of origin, or out-of-state title.