Boat Registration and Licenses in Colorado

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Boat Registration and Licenses in Colorado

Colorado Parks and Wildlife requires any boat with a sail or motor to be registered before operating on public waters.

This page outlines every step of the process of registering your boat in Colorado, including information about how to replace lost boat registration or process a renewal for your boat.

Colorado Boats Requiring Registration

  • Sail-powered boats used on Colorado's public waters.
  • Motor-powered boats used on the state's public waters.


  • Boats currently registered in another state that will be used on the state's waterways for less than 60 days.
  • Canoes and kayaks.

CO Vessel Registration Requirements

While you may use your newly purchased boat for 30 days without registering it, be aware that processing your application can take up to 4 weeks. You may register your boat in person or by mail with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

In Person

Most state park offices handle boat registrations. Before visiting, call to guarantee the service is offered.

Be sure to bring the following with you:

  • A completed Registration Application (Form APRG09001).
  • Payment to cover the registration fee (see "Colorado Boat Registration Fees" below).

By Mail

To register your boat for the first time by mail, simply send a completed Registration Application (Form APRG09001) and your fee payment to:

Parks and Wildlife
Registration Unit
13787 S. Highway 85
Littleton, CO 80125

Additional Information

You will be assigned a Colorado registration number. Paint or attach the number in, at least, 3 inch block letters to each side of the bow of your boat. Make sure the color of the number contrasts the color of your vessel for easy visibility.

Colorado Boat Registration Fees

Your fee is determined by the length of your boat, as follows:

  • Less than 20 ft: $35.25.
  • 20 ft to 30 ft: $45.25.
  • 30 ft and longer: $75.25.

Each fee represents a flat yearly rate. No prorated fees are offered.

Boat Registration Renewals and Replacements

Registrations expire on December 31 of each year, regardless of when you obtained the registration.

Renew by Mail

Send the renewal form and your fee payment in the enclosed envelope.

Renew Online

To renew your TN boat insurance online, you will need to:

  1. Go to the online renewal page.
  2. Enter your vessel's information.
  3. Pay your fee using VISA or MasterCard.
  4. Print your temporary receipt.

The state offers a FAQs section for online renewals.

Replace Lost Registration

Receive a duplicate boat registration certificate by calling (303) 791-1920. Replacement registrations in Colorado cost $5.

You can also pick up a replacement at:

Parks and Wildlife
13787 S. Highway 85
Littleton, CO 80125

CO Boater License

You must be at least 16 years old to operate a boat in Colorado. Or, you may operate a vessel if you're 14 to 15 years old provided you complete a state-approved safety course (see below for details) and receive a boating license.

Colorado Boater Education

Some course providers allow you to complete the course and take the test online.

The state's website provides additional information on the course.

Colorado Boat Insurance

You may also want to consider carrying boat insurance to cover you in the unfortunate event you have a collision.

To learn more about how this type of policy could benefit you, please visit our page about Boat Insurance.



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