Boat Registration and Licenses in Connecticut

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Boat Registration and Licensing in Connecticut

When you need to register and title a boat, you're going to need to apply directly with the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles.

Continue reading this page to find out how to process a registration application for your boat, renew your boat registration, or apply for a replacement copy of your boat registration document.

Boats You Must Register in CT

  • All boats with a motor.
  • Sailboats that are19 1/2 ft or longer.
  • Personal watercraft, including jet skis.


  • Boats currently registered in another state may be used for up to 60 days on the state's waterways without being registered in CT.

Boat Registration Requirements and Procedures

In Person

To register your boat in Connecticut, visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) branch office with:

*Other documents may be required, depending on if you bought your boat from a dealer or an individual.

By Mail

In order to renew your boat registration by mail, you'll need to send the required documentation (listed above) and your registration fee to:

Department of Motor Vehicles
Marine Vessel Section
60 State St.
Wethersfield, CT 06161

The DMV provides a FAQs page for registration issues.

Boat Registration Fees in Connecticut

Your registration fee is determined by the length, age, and construction material of your boat.

Boat Renewals & Replacements

You can renew your boat registration by mail or in person at your local CT DMV office.

Renew in Person

To renew your Connecticut boat registration in person, just go to a DMV branch office with your fee payment to renew your registration.

Renew by Mail

Simply return the registration renewal form you received, in the renewal envelope provided, along with the registration fee.

Replace a Lost Registration

You can submit a request for a duplicate boat registration document at a Connecticut DMV branch office by showing your vessel registration number and paying the $20 fee.

You may also send a letter containing your name, address, signature, and vessel number to:

Department of Motor Vehicles
Marine Vessel Section
60 State St.
Wethersfield, CT 06161

Connecticut Boater License

To legally operate any boat with an engine or motor, or a sailboat 19 1/2 ft or longer, you must obtain a Safe Boating Certificate (SBC) if:

  • You're a Connecticut resident.
  • Own property in Connecticut.
  • You operate the vessel on Connecticut waters for more than 60 days.

To operate a personal watercraft in Connecticut you must obtain a Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation, regardless of residency.

Boater Safety Courses

You may obtain certification by passing an approved safety course or an equivalency exam.

Times and fees vary, depending on the class and provider.

Boat Insurance in Connecticut

Even though you're not required to carry any insurance on your boat in CT, having a good policy could guard you against large boat repair costs in the event you have a boat collision.

If you're interested, take a few minutes to read our page about boat insurance.

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