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    Boat Registration and Licenses in Idaho

    If you plan to operate a boat in Idaho, you're going to have to register it with Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). The DPR also offers free boater education courses.

    Continue reading this page to learn how to register your boat in Idaho, renew your ID boat registration, and apply for a duplicate copy of your boat registration if it's lost or damaged.

    Boats You Must Register

    • All vessels with mechanical propulsion.

    What Not to Register

    • Manually propelled vessels (such as canoes and kayaks).
    • Float tubes.
    • Sailboards.

    Exemptions

    • Vessels documented with the U.S. Coast Guard.
    • Vessels currently registered in another state but being used on Idaho's waterways for 60 consecutive days or less.

    Requirements and Procedures

    Your registration must be on your boat whenever the boat is in operation. To obtain proper registration in Idaho, you will need to:

    1. Find your proof of ownership.
    2. Have your registration fee ready.
      • For more details, see "Fees for Boat Registration" below.
    3. Go to any of the following locations to complete your registration:
    4. The state website provides information on how to properly attach your registration number and stickers to your boat.

    Fees for Boat Registration

    The amount you have to pay for your boat registration fees will vary depending on the length of your boat:

    • 12 ft: $30.
    • 12 ft feet: $30 plus $2 per every foot 12 ft.

    Boats owned by non-profit agencies carry a $2 registration fee.

    Included in your registration fee is the $10 Invasive Species Sticker.

    Boat Registration Renewals and Replacements

    Boat registrations in Idaho are good for 1 year and expire on December 31.

    However, if you let your registration lapse, you must renew it before you can use your boat.

    Renew by Mail

    Return the renewal application along with your fee payment to the address listed on the form.

    In Person

    You can renew your ID boat registration at either of the following agencies:

    Be sure to bring in your renewal form and identification.

    Replace Lost Registration

    To obtain a duplicate copy of your boat registration, you will need to call (208) 514-2475 or visit your local motor vehicle office.

    The fee varies, depending on whether you need the registration form, the decals, or both.

    Boater License

    Although there aren't any statewide requirements requiring new boaters to obtain a license or be of a certain age before operating a vessel, some local governments are enacting their own rules regarding some of these issues.

    Boater Safety Courses

    Boating safety courses aren't initially mandated, but if you're a repeat offender of boating laws you'll have to pass a boater safety course to continue operating a boat.

    Even if you're not required to take a safety course, doing so allows you to become a better educated boater, and may even reduce your insurance rates.

    Both classroom and online courses are available; hours and fees vary with the provider.

    See the Idaho Parks and Recreation Department (IDPR) boating education page for more details.

    Boat Insurance in Idaho

    It is always a good idea to be properly insured, even if you're operating a boat. However, you're not legally required to carry boat insurance in Idaho.

    To read more about this topic, read our page about Boat Insurance in Idaho.