Boat Registration and Licenses in IndianaPage Overview
Indiana Boat Registration and Licenses
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) handles the registration and titling of all water crafts. You must register all motorized vessels in Indiana, including personal watercraft and motorized sailboats.
To find out whether you need to register and title your boat, and specific details about the boat registration process, continue reading this page.
- Lifeboats of a ship.
- Watercraft based in another country that are temporarily in the state.
- Watercraft that has a value of less than $3,000 when purchased new.
- Non-resident boats currently registered in another state that haven't been in Indiana for more than 60 consecutive days.
Most boats must be titled before they can be registered in Indiana.
Once you have acquired your IN title, you will need to register your vessel by visiting your local IN license agency and:
- Providing a title or some other proof of ownership.
- Paying the registration fee. See "IN Boat Registration Fees" below.
Your registration fee depends on the size of your boat, as follows:
- 13 ft or less: $16.
- 13 ft to 25 ft: $18.
- 26 ft to 39 ft: $21.
- 40 ft or longer: $26.
If you purchased your watercraft from an individual or an out-of-state dealer, you will need to pay a 7% Indiana sales tax. The purchase price of the watercraft and motor will be subject to the sales tax which can be paid at an Indiana license agency.
If you already paid the sales tax to an out-of-state dealer, and the tax was less than 7%, you will need to pay the difference while at the license agency. Indiana dealers collect the sales tax at the time of purchase, so you should not have to worry about further assessments.
When it's time to renew your boat registration, you can do so in person or by mail.
Renew in Person
To renew your boat registration in person, you must bring the registration renewal reminder letter you'll receive in the mail to any Indiana BMV office and pay the renewal fee.
Renew by Mail
To renew by mail, simply follow the instructions given on your renewal reminder letter. Be sure to include your fee payment.
Replace Lost Registration
To receive a duplicate registration, you must visit your local Indiana BMV office and bring your hull identification number (HIN) along with some form of identification, such as your IN driver's license or state ID card.
A duplicate registration card will cost $1.
You must be at least 15 years old to operate a motorboat or personal watercraft on the state's public waterways. If you do not do not hold an IN driver's license, you must have an ID pass verifying that you completed a department-approved boater safety course. Beyond this, the state of Indiana doesn't issue boater's licenses.
To fulfill your boater safety class requirement, you may complete a course online through an approved provider. Course fees and hours will vary depending on your provider.
Even if you are not required to complete a boater safety course in IN, it might be a good idea to complete one anyway. The course will help you become a safer boater and you may even save money on your insurance.
If you're ever involved in a boat collision, you're definitely going to want to invest in a good boat insurance policy.
Even though you are not required to carry insurance in order to register your boat in Illinois, you should check out our Boat Insurance page to see if getting a policy is right for you.Other Topics in This Section
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