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How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in Florida

Most new boats must be registered through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHS&MV) before they can be sailed.

VESSELS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION

  • Any powerboat using public waters
  • Non-powered boats longer than sixteen feet

VESSELS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION

  • Boats registered in another state and not being used in Florida for more than 90 days
  • Boats registered in another country temporarily plying in Florida waters (with a temporary permit and for not more than 90 days)
  • A sailboat without a motor
  • A ship's lifeboat
  • Any boat less

Most new boats must be registered through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHS&MV) before they can be sailed.

VESSELS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION

  1. Any powerboat using public waters
  2. Non-powered boats longer than sixteen feet

VESSELS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION

  1. Boats registered in another state and not being used in Florida for more than 90 days
  2. Boats registered in another country temporarily plying in Florida waters (with a temporary permit and for not more than 90 days)
  3. A sailboat without a motor
  4. A ship's lifeboat
  5. Any boat less than sixteen feet long that is propelled only by oars or paddles
  6. Boats owned by the US government
  7. Boats owned by the state
  8. Boats sailed on private waters

TO REGISTER IN PERSON

  • You can register a boat in person by visiting your local Tax Collector's office and completing a boat registration application.
  • You must bring proof of ownership such as a bill of sale, invoice, bill of lading, certificate of origin, or out-of-state title.

Class Type Type of V essel Fees

  • A-1: All vessels les s than 12 feet in length, and motorized canoes $10.25
  • A-2: 12 feet or more and less than 16 feet in length $21.00
  • 1: 16 feet or more and less than 26 feet in length $33.50
  • 2: 26 feet or more and less than 40 feet in length $83.00
  • 3: 40 feet or more and less than 65 feet in length $132.50
  • 4: 65 feet or more and less than 110 feet in length $157.50
  • 5: 110 feet or more in length $194.50
  • Dealer Classification $30.25

The above fee includes a $2.25 service fee, $.50 FRVIS fee and $1 Decal on Demand fee.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • The vessel registration number, hull identification number and current decals must be clearly displayed on the vessel, according to Florida requirements.
  • For additional information, see the Florida State Boating Law Summary

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