Most new boats must be registered through the Missouri Department of Revenue - Motor Vehicle and Driver License (MVDL) before they can be sailed. Registration is valid for 3 years and must be completed within 60 days of acquiring the vessel.
VESSELS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION
- Any motorboat
- Sailboats more than twelve feet long
- United States Coast Guard vessels
- Amphibious vessels and outboard motors
VESSELS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION
- Any boat that is propelled only by oars or paddles
- Boats owned by the United States Government
- A ship's lifeboat
- Boats registered in another country/state and not being used in Missouri for more than 60 days
- Sailboats or sailboards less than 12 feet long
TO REGISTER IN PERSON
- You can register a boat in person by visiting your local MVDL office.
- You must bring a completed boat registration application which can be ordered by mail (Missouri Watercraft or Outboard Motor Title and Registration Application - DOR-93); and proof of ownership such as a bill of sale, , invoice, bill of lading, certificate of origin, or out-of-state title, and property and sales tax receipts and a Lien Release (DOR-4809), if applicable.
Boat registration fees range from $25 to $150, depending on the size of the boat. See here for a more detailed breakdown of the registration fees In addition, vessels registered in Missouri are subject to a processing fee of $3.50 as well as state sales tax of 4.225% along with local county sales tax.
- Both the vessel registration number and current decals must be clearly displayed on the vessel, according to Missouri requirements.
- The vessel's registration papers must be carried on the vessel while sailing.