Boat Registration and Licenses in Missouri
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- All mechanically propelled vessels (whether partial or fully).
- Vessels (any length) propelled only by oars or paddle.
- Sailboats or sailboards less than 12 feet in length.
- Ship's lifeboat used only for that purpose.
- Non-resident vessels being stored or used in Missouri for less than 60 consecutive days.
- Vessels owned by foreign governments that are being used in Missouri for less than 60 consecutive days.
- U.S. government-owned vessels.
- Documented vessels.
You should register your boat within 60 days of purchase to avoid a $10 monthly penalty ($30 total maximum penalty). Here's how:
- Complete a watercraft registration application.
- Locate your Manufacturer's Statement of Origin, Certificate of Title, or a bill of sale.
- Also have a notarized Lien Release, (if applicable).
- You should also bring a Personal property tax receipt or completed statement of non-assessment form.
- Bring the applicable fees, including local tax, state tax, registration and processing fees.
- Visit a motor vehicle office with the necessary fee and paperwork.
- You will receive a state-issued number, decals, and a registration card. Keep the card available for inspection whenever the boat is in use.
Registration fees are determined by the length of the vessel:
- Less than 16': $25
- 16' to less than 26': $55
- 26' to less than 40': $100
- 40' feet and longer: $150
All boats carry a $3.50 processing fee.
Your registration is valid for three years, and expires on June 30 of the final year. You should receive a renewal reminder card in the mail before your expiration date. You may renew in person or by mail. Here's how:
Renew in Person
You will need:
Then go to your local motor vehicle office to renew.
Renew by Mail
Replace Lost Registration
Receive a duplicate registration by completing the application form at a motor vehicle office and paying the $8.50 fee (plus a $3.50 processing fee).
If you were born after January 1, 1984, you must have a boater certification card to operate a motorized boat on Missouri's lakes. (This requirement doesn't apply to boats operated on private waters, rivers, or streams.) You must also be at least 14 years old (or accompanied by an adult) to drive a boat.
Obtain your safety card by completing a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators approved course.
The Missouri State Water Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Power Squadron, and some online providers offer courses sanctioned by the state. Hours, locations, and fees vary with the provider.
Even if you're not required to take this class, doing so allows you to become a safer boater, while potentially reducing your insurance rates.
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- Register Car
- Registration Renewal
- Registration & Insurance
- Replacing a Lost Registration
- RV & Motorhome Registration
- Custom Built Car Registration
- Boat Registration and Licenses
- Title Transfers
- Replacing a Lost Title
- Salvaged Vehicles
- Special Vehicles
- Drivers with Disabilities
- License Plates & Placards
- Smog & Emission Checks
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