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How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in Vermont

Most new boats must be registered through the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles before they can be sailed. Vessels longer than 16 feet and from year 1994 onwards need to be titled at the time of registration.

VESSELS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION

  1. Any motorboat (including those using motors as secondary propelling source).
  2. Vessels propelled by another motorboat.

VESSELS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION

  1. Any boat that is propelled only by oars or paddles.
  2. Boats registered in another country/state and not being used in Vermont for more than 90 days (though they need to get valid decals from the Vermont DMV if they use Vermont waters for more than 30 days).
  3. Vessels registered with the U.S. Coast Guard (though they need to get valid decals from the Vermont DMV if they use Vermont waters for more than 30 days).

TO REGISTER IN PERSON

  • You can register a boat in person by visiting your local DMV office.
  • You must bring a completed boat registration application (TA-VD-37 form) and proof of ownership such as a bill of sale, previous registration and title, invoice, bill of lading, certificate of origin, or out-of-state title and proof of taxes paid along with appropriate fee. Fees are payable in check, traveller's check and money order in all locations. However, in addition to these, the head office in Montpelier and the branch offices also accept cash (but no credit cards), while the mobile units accept credit cards (but no cash).

TO REGISTER BY U.S. MAIL

The boat registration application and proof of ownership along with applicable fees can also be mailed to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05603- 0001.    

FEES

Boat registration fees range from $22 to $131, depending on the size of the vessel. See here for a more detailed breakdown of the registration fees. In addition, vessels registered in Vermont are subject to applicable sales taxes and titling fees.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Both the vessel registration number and current decals must be clearly displayed on the vessel, according to Vermont requirements.
  • The vessel's registration papers must be carried on the vessel while sailing.
 

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