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    What to Register

    • All motorized boats used on the state's public waterways, including vessels that don't primarily depend on mechanical propulsion.

    Exemptions

    • Documented vessels.
    • Vessels currently registered in another state that will be used in Massachusetts for 60 days.

    Massachusetts Requirements and Procedures

    All boats must be registered through one of the five regional registration offices. However, registration procedures vary slightly depending on if your boat is new or used, and its length.

    Boats without a Hull ID number may require an inspection prior to registration.

    No matter the length of your boat, keep your registration available for inspection whenever your boat is in operation. The state provides information on the proper placement for your registration number and decal.

    Boats 14 Feet and Longer

    1. Complete a Registration and Titling Application.
    2. Locate the bill of sale.
    3. Locate the title (used boats only).
    4. Locate the Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (new boats only).
    5. Locate the proof of payment of sales tax.
    6. Obtain a pencil tracing of Hull ID number.
    7. Be prepared to pay the required fees.
    8. Go the nearest regional registration office.

    You can pay your sales tax online. To find it, go to "Individuals and Families," then "Programs and Services." From there, click on "Recreational Vehicle Sales Tax." Sales tax must be 20 days.

    If you purchase a boat from a private party living in a state where titling is not required, substitute its registration form for the title.

    Boats Less Than 14 Feet Long

    1. Complete a Registration and Titling Application.
    2. Locate the bill of sale.
    3. Locate the proof of payment of sales tax (ST-6, ST-6E, or bill of sale).
    4. Obtain a pencil tracing of Hull ID number.
    5. Be prepared to pay the required fees.
    6. Go the nearest regional registration office.

    You can pay your sales tax online. Sales tax must be 20 days.

    Fees

    Registration fees vary with the length of the vessel, as follows:

    • Less than 16 ft: $44
    • 16 ft to 26 ft: $66
    • 26 ft to 40 ft: $88
    • Longer than40 ft: $110

    NOTE: A 10% surcharge will be added to your boat registration fees.

    Renewals and Replacements

    Registrations are valid for 2 years. You should receive a renewal notice in the mail about one month before your expiration date.

    Renew by Mail

    Send the renewal notice and a check or money order (payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) for your renewal fee in the enclosed return envelope.

    Renew Online

    Visit the renewal site and follow the instructions. Pay your fee with your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit card.

    Renew in Person

    Bring your renewal card and fee payment to a regional registration office.

    Replace Lost Registration

    Receive a replacement registration by completing the Registration and Titling Application and marking the boxed marked "duplicate." Then, mail it to your nearest regional registration office.

    You can receive a duplicate registration at a regional registration office, too. Fill out the form, or have your registration number with you.

    MA Boater License

    You are not required to obtain a boater license. However, you must obtain a boating safety certificate if:

    • You're between the ages of 12 and 15 years old and want to operate a motorboat by yourself.
    • You're 16 or 17 years old and want to operate a personal watercraft PWC) by yourself.

    If you're younger than either of those ages, you can't operate the watercraft listed by yourself, period.

    Obtain your certificate by successfully completing a state-approved safety program.

    Boater Safety Courses

    The state and nationally approved boating safety course Boat Massachusetts will teach you about safe boating practices, equipment, and operator guidelines. The courses are available in a classroom settings throughout the state.

    The only online course currently available for issuance of a Massachusetts-issued safety certificate is through the New Hampshire Department of Public Safety.

    Even if you're not required to take these classes, doing so is a good way to improve your boater safety, and possibly reduce your insurance costs.

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