How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in Indiana
Most new boats must be registered through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles before they can be sailed.
VESSELS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION
- Any motorized watercraft that is used mainly in Indiana waters.
- Personal watercraft.
- Motorized sailboats.
VESSELS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION
- A watercraft that is already registered in another state and is not used in Indiana for more than 60 consecutive days.
- Any foreign vessel that is in Indiana temporarily.
- A ship's lifeboat.
- Non-motorized sailboats.
TO REGISTER IN PERSON
- You can register a boat in person by visiting your local BMV office.
- You must bring a completed Application for Watercraft Dealer Plates/Registration - State Form 43724 and proof of ownership such as a bill of sale, invoice, bill of lading, certificate of origin, or out-of-state title.
TO REGISTER BY U.S. MAIL
The boat registration application and proof of ownership can also be mailed to:
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
100 N. Senate Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Boat registration fees range from $16 to $26, depending on the length of the vessel. See here for a more detailed breakdown of the registration fees.
- Both the vessel registration number and hull identification numbers must be clearly displayed on the vessel, according to Indiana requirements.
- Commercial vessels of five net tons or more or 30 feet or more in length must be registered with the U.S. Coast Guard if the owner so wishes.
- Vessels that have not been used in Indiana waters for the last 60 days do not have to be registered. The owner has to complete a storage affidavit instead.