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    Boat Registration and Licenses in Missouri

    If you recently acquired a boat and need to title and register it in Missouri, you will be working directly with the Department of Revenue through its Motor Vehicle and Driver Licensing branch offices.

    There are several steps you will need to follow. Continue reading this page to learn all about the process of registering and titling your boat, including steps to renew your boat registration or get a duplicate boat registration certificate.

    What to Register

    • All mechanically propelled vessels (whether partial or fully).

    Exemptions

    • Vessels (any length) propelled only by oars or paddle.
    • Sailboats or sailboards less than 12 ft 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 vessel.

    Boat Requirements and Procedures

    In Missouri, you should register your boat within 60 days of purchase to avoid a $10 monthly penalty ($30 total maximum penalty). Here's how:

    1. Complete an Application for Missouri Boat/Vessel or Outboard Motor Title and Registration (Form DOR-93).
    2. Locate your Manufacturer's Statement of Origin, Certificate of Title, or a bill of sale.
    3. Also have a notarized Notice of Lien, lien Release, or Authorization to ADD/Remove Name from Title(Form DOR-4809) (if applicable).
    4. You should also bring a Personal property tax receipt or completed statement of non-assessment form.
    5. Bring the applicable fees, including local tax, state tax, registration and processing fees.
    6. Visit a motor vehicle office with the necessary fee and paperwork.
    7. You will receive a state-issued number, decals, and a registration card. Keep the card available for inspection whenever the boat is in use.

    Fees for Boat Registration in MO

    Registration fees are determined by the length of the vessel:

    • Less than 16 ft: $25.
    • 16 ft to 25 ft: $55.
    • 26 ft to 39 ft: $100.
    • 40 ft and longer: $150.

    All boats carry an additional $3.50 processing fee.

    Boat Registration Renewals and Replacements

    Your registration is valid for 3 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

    To renew your MO boat registration in person, you will need your:

    1. Renewal card.
    2. Personal property tax receipt or statement of non-assessment form.
    3. Renewal payment.

    Then go to your local motor vehicle office to renew.

    Renew by Mail

    Send your renewal card and payment, along with your personal property tax receipt or statement of non-assessment form to the address listed on the card.

    Replace Lost Registration

    To receive a duplicate boat registration or decal, you'll need to complete the Application for Watercraft/Outboard Motor Registration and Replacement Decal (Form 2686) and pay the $8.50 fee (plus a $3.50 processing fee).

    Boater License

    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.)

    Obtain your safety card by completing a state-approved course.

    Boater Safety Courses

    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.

    Boat Insurance in Missouri

    Although liability insurance is not legally required to operate a boat in Missouri, liability insurance could protect you in situations where you or another person is involved in a boating accident.

    You can read more about this topic at our page devoted to Boat Insurance.

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