How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in Mississippi
Most new boats must be registered through the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Park (MDWFP) before they can be sailed.
VESSELS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION
- Any powerboat
- Sailboats or watercrafts which are motorized
VESSELS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION
- A sailboat without a motor
- Any boat that is propelled only by oars or paddles
- Boats registered with the US Coast Guard
TO REGISTER IN PERSON
- You can register a boat in person by visiting the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Park office at 1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS 39211.
- You must bring a completed boat registration application, sales invoice showing Mississippi sales tax payment and proof of ownership such as a bill of sale (should be notarized or signed by a witness) certificate of origin, or out-of-state title. The Hull Identification Number (HIN) must also be provided.
The application form can also be obtained from the local county tax collector's office, MDWFP District Offices, Jackson Office as well as those places where you can purchase, sell or service a boat or watercraft.
TO REGISTER BY U.S. MAIL
The boat registration application, along with Hull Identification Number (HIN), proof of ownership and proof of payment of sales tax can also be mailed to:
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive
Jackson, MS 39211-6374
The registration fee varies with the size of the boat:
Boats or watercraft less than 16 feet: $9.20
Boats or watercraft from 16 to less than 26 feet in length: $24.20
Boats or watercraft over 26 feet: $46.70
- Both the vessel registration number and hull identification numbers must be clearly displayed on the vessel according to Mississippi requirements.
- You can renew your boat registration by calling 1-800-5GO-HUNT (1-800-546-4868), by mail or online.
- For additional information, see the Mississippi Boating Handbook.