How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in Oklahoma
Most new boats must be registered through the Motor Vehicle Division of the Oklahoma Tax Commission before they can be sailed. Vessels can be registered for one year or three years.
VESSELS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION
- All boats plying on Oklahoma waters.
- Any outboard motor above 10 horsepower.
VESSELS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION
- Any boat that is propelled only by oars or paddles.
- Boats registered in another state and not being used in Oklahoma for less than 60 days.
- A ship's lifeboat.
- Boats registered in another country temporarily plying in Oklahoma waters.
- Boats owned by the United States, a solitary state, a county, or a municipality for official purposes and identifiable as such.
- Boats registered with the US Coast Guard.
TO REGISTER IN PERSON
- You can register a boat in person by visiting any Oklahoma Tag office.
- You must bring a completed boat registration application and proof of ownership such as a bill of sale, invoice, certificate of origin, or out-of-state title.
Boat registration fees range up to $151 for a year and are based on the original sale price of the boat/motor and its age. See here for a more detailed explanation of the registration fees. In addition, new vessels registered in Oklahoma are subject to excise taxes equal to 3.25% of the sale price of the vessel.
- Both the vessel registration number and hull identification numbers must be clearly displayed on the vessel, according to Oklahoma requirements.
- The vessel's registration papers must be carried on the vessel while sailing.