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How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in Missouri

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

  1. Any motorboat
  2. Sailboats more than twelve feet long
  3. United States Coast Guard vessels
  4. Amphibious vessels and outboard motors

VESSELS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION

  1. Any boat that is propelled only by oars or paddles
  2. Boats owned by the United States Government
  3. A ship's lifeboat
  4. Boats registered in another country/state and not being used in Missouri for more than 60 days
  5. Sailboats or sailboards less than 12 feet long

TO REGISTER IN PERSON

FEES

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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • 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.

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