Boat Registration and Licenses in Mississippi

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Boat Registration and Licenses in Mississippi

Anyone who plans to register a boat in Mississippi will ultimately need to visit the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

Scroll down on this page to find all the information you need about:

  • Registering and titling your boat.
  • Boater safety courses.
  • Renewing boat registration.
  • Applying for a duplicate boat registration.

What to Register

  • Motorized vessels using the state's public waterways.


  • Vessels documented with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Requirements and Procedures

You may register your new or used boat by:

  1. Completing the Mississippi Motor Boat Registration Application form. If you can't download the form, grab one from any county tax collector's office, any Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks office, or from most places where boats are sold.
  2. Locating a copy of a notarized/witnessed Bill of Sale or dealer's invoice.
  3. Providing proof of paid Mississippi sales tax (if vessel bought from out-of-state dealer).
  4. Supplying the necessary fee (check or money order).
  5. Mailing everything to:
    • Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
    • Boat Registration Department
    • 1505 Eastover Drive
    • Jackson, MS 39211.
  6. Keep your registration card on board.

Don't forget to tear off the temporary registration tab for use as a temporary registration.

Boat Registration Fees in Mississippi

Registration fees vary depending on the size of your boat.

  • Less than 16 ft in length: $10.20.
  • Between 16 ft up to 26 ft in length: $25.20.
  • Between 26 ft up to 40 ft in length: $47.70.
  • 40 ft in length and over: $47.70.

Your registration will be valid for a period of 3 years from the last day of the month you register your boat.

Renewals and Replacements

You may renew your MS boat registration in person, by mail, phone, or online.

Renew in Person

You'll need to take a completed renewal form (with the renewal box checked) or your renewal card, along with the necessary fee, to any authorized registration agent.

Renew By Phone

To renew your boat registration in Mississippi by phone:

  1. Call (800) 5GO-HUNT any time to renew by phone.
  2. Pay by VISA, MasterCard, American Express,or Discover credit and debit cards. Have your renewal card ready.

Renew Online

  1. Visit the renewal site and enter your registration number and hull identification number (HIN) or serial number. If you don't have this information, you can't renew online.
  2. Follow the online instructions and complete the renewal process.
  3. Pay with your MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover or debit card.

Renew By Mail

Send your renewal form or completed application, with the renewal box checked, along with the requisite fee to:

  • Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
  • Boat Registration Department
  • 1505 Eastover Drive
  • Jackson, MS 39211

Replace Lost Registration

Obtain a replacement registration by visiting wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, or by calling (800) 546-4868. The cost of replacement registration is $7.70.

Boater License

If you were born after June 30, 1980, you must have a boating license to operate a powered vessel on Mississippi's public waterways.

Obtain a boating license by completing a state-approved safety class.

NOTE: All individuals less than 12 years old must be supervised by a person who is at least 21 years old to be able to operate the boat.

Boater Safety Courses

You can also take an online course through approved providers such as Fees vary with the provider.

You may also fulfill your education requirement by completing a safety course given by the state.

Call (601) 432-2181 or write to the following address for dates and location information:

  • Boating Enforcement
  • P. O. Box 451
  • Jackson, MS 39205-0451

Even if you're not required to take a class, doing so will allow you to become a safer boater, while possibly reducing your boat insurance rates in the process.

SPECIAL SAFETY NOTE: You are required to have at least 1 life jacket or personal flotation device for each person aboard. The life jacket must be wearable.

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