Boat Registration and Licenses in DelawarePage Overview
Boat Registration and Licenses in Delaware
The Division of Fish & 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.
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.
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.
The registration procedure varies according to a few factors, as outlined in the Boat Registration Application form. However, you will generally need to do the following:
- Complete the Boat Registration Application.
- Locate your bill of sale.
- Bring the pertinent fee.
- Take the necessary paperwork to the Delaware Boat Registration License Agency.
- You may also mail the required documents and fee to:
Division of Fish & Wildlife
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
You can choose either a 1 year or a 3 year registration.
Fees vary, depending on the size of the boat and the length of registration:
- 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.
- 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.
It is always smart to carry boat insurance, especially if you're involved in a boating accident. You can find more information about this topic on our boat insurance page.
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."
To renew your DE boat registration online:
- Go to the renewal site.
- Enter your hull ID number.
- Enter your name.
- Enter your payment information.
- Finish the checkout procedure.
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.
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 & Wildlife at (302) 739-9916 to receive a duplicate registration. You'll need to supply your boat information. A replacement registration costs $2.30.
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 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.Other Topics in This Section