Boat Registration and Licenses in Delaware

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Boat Registration and Licenses in Delaware

The Division of Fish and Wildlife handles all boat registrations in Delaware.

If you're going to register and title your boat in DE, you're going to need to follow several steps.

Continue reading this page to learn more about the process so you can start operating your boat legally.

What to Register in Delaware

You must register the following water crafts in Delaware if you intend to operate them in the state's waterways:

  • Every boat.
  • Every vessel.
  • Jet skis.
  • Surf jets.
  • Ski crafts.
  • Other personal crafts.

DE Registration Exemptions

You do not need to register your boat if:

  • You are not a resident of Delaware.
  • Your boat or other vessel is registered in another state.
  • You will be using your out-of-state boat/vessel on Delaware's waterways 60 consecutive days or less.

Boat Requirements and Procedures

The registration procedure varies according to a few factors, as outlined in the Boat Registration Application form (REV 2014). However, you will generally need to do the following:

You can choose either a 1 year or a 3 year registration.

Delaware Boat Registration Fees

Fees vary, depending on the size of the boat and the length of registration:

1 Year

  • Class A (less than 16 ft): $10.
  • Class 1 (16 ft to 26 ft): $20.
  • Class 2 (26 ft to 40 ft): $30.
  • Class 3 (40 ft to 65 ft): $50.
  • Class 4 (65 ft and longer): $60.

3 Year

  • Class A (less than 16 ft): $30.
  • Class 1 (16 ft to 26 ft): $60.
  • Class 2 (26 ft to 40 ft): $90.
  • Class 3 (40 ft to 65 ft): $150.
  • Class 4 (65 ft and longer): $180.

Boat Insurance Rates in Delaware

It is always smart to carry boat insurance, especially if you're involved in a boating accident.

You may even be able to get a discount on your boat insurance rate by completing a safe boating course. For more information, refer to the section below titled "Boater Safety Course."

Boat Registration Renewals and Replacements


To renew your DE boat registration online:

  1. Go to the renewal site.
  2. Enter your hull ID number.
  3. Enter your name.
  4. Enter your payment information.
  5. Finish the checkout procedure.

In Person

You can renew your registration in person by visiting a Delaware Boat Registration License Agency with your current registration card or receipt and your registration fee.

By Mail

In Delaware, you can renew your boat registration by sending your renewal form and fee payment to the address indicated on your renewal form.

Replace Lost Registration

Call the Division of Fish and Wildlife at (302) 739-9916 to receive a duplicate registration. You'll need to supply your boat information. A replacement registration costs $2.30.

Delaware Boater License

If you were born after January 1, 1978 and want to operate a motorized boat, you must be licensed. This includes personal watercraft, such as jet skis.

To obtain a boating license, you'll need to successfully complete an approved boater safety course.

Boater Safety Course

Boater safety courses allow you to fulfill the boating licensing requirements mandated by the state of Delaware.

Times and fees for the courses vary with the provider. Contact them directly for more information.

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