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How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in Colorado

In Colorado, boat registration is handled by the Colorado Department of Natural Resources' State Parks division. Most new boats must be registered with Colorado State Parks before they can be sailed.

VESSELS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION

All powerboats and sailboats operating on Colorado waters must be registered.

VESSELS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION

  1. Vessels documented by U.S. Bureau of Customs.
  2. Canoes and kayaks do not require registration but must be clearly marked with the owner's name and address
  3. New boats can be operated for 30 days without registration by carrying the bill of sale on the boat when in use.
  4. Out-of-state boats can be operated in Colorado up to 60 consecutive days with a current license from the other state
  5. Foreign vessels being used in Colorado temporarily

TO REGISTER IN PERSON

TO REGISTER BY U.S. MAIL

The boat registration application, fee and proof of ownership can also be mailed to:

Colorado State Parks
Registration Unit
13787 S Highway 85
Littleton, CO 80125    

Note: You can also fax your application to (303) 470-0782 and pay the fee by credit card.
You will receive the registration certificate in about two to four weeks.

FEES

Annual boat registration fees depend on the size of the boat:

  • Less than 20 feet in length - $25.25
  • 20 feet to less than 30 feet - $30.25
  • 30 feet or longer - $50.25
    Registration is valid from January 1 and expires on December 31 irrespective of when the boat was registered. The transaction fee is not subject to refund, and cannot be paid for a partial year.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Submitted by rhafer@go-iei.com on 18th Aug 2015

I dont see anything about a

I dont see anything about a boat that is only used for commercial use needing to be registered. What would be required for that?

Submitted by quinnjosette on 29th Jun 2015

Does a 12 foot rubber raft

Does a 12 foot rubber raft (not a canoe or kayak), have to be registered?-Craig

Submitted by burnhart on 29th Apr 2014

Does a drift boat require

Does a drift boat require registration (no motor attached)

Submitted by bgagnier on 23rd Apr 2012

does a 4 man paddle boat

does a 4 man paddle boat (peddle) have to be registered in colorado and if so how? thanks.

Submitted by Anonymous on 30th Mar 2011

Does a 12 foot rubber raft

Does a 12 foot rubber raft (not a canoe or kayak), have to be registered?

-Greg