Most new boats must be registered through the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles before they can be sailed.
VESSELS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION
- Any powerboat
VESSELS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION
- Boats registered in another state and not being used in New Jersey for more than 180 days
- Boats owned by the United states, a solitary state, a county, or a municipality
- Boats registered in another country temporarily plying in New Jersey waters
- Racing boats brought into the State for racing or with permit from the New Jersey State Police
- A ship's lifeboat
- Any boat that is propelled only by oars or paddles, less than 12 feet long
- A sailboat without a motor, sailing only on private waters
- Surfboards, sailboards, inflatables, canoes and kayaks
TO REGISTER IN PERSON
Boat registration fees range from $12 to $251, depending on the size and type of the vessel. See here
for a more detailed breakdown of the registration fees.
- Both the registration number and current decals must be clearly displayed on the vessel, according to New Jersey requirements.
- The vessel's registration papers must be carried on the vessel while sailing.
- For additional information, see Boating Facts and New Jersey Boating Safety Manual.