Boat Registration and Licenses in Nebraska

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Boat Registration and Licenses in Nebraska

Boat registration and titles are issued by the county treasurer offices of the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.

Keep reading this page to get all the information you need about how to get your boat registered in Nebraska, renew your boat registration, and obtain a duplicate copy of your NE boat registration.

Boats You Must Register in NE

Any vessel powered by any type of mechanical device.

What Not to Register

Any vessel not powered by machinery (canoes, kayaks, sailboats, etc.).


The following boats do not require registration in Nebraska:

  • Vessels documented with the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • Vessels owned by any branch of government.
  • Motorboats registered in another state and kept in Nebraska no more than 60 days.
  • Motorboats competing in Nebraska-approved races or time trials, 48 hours prior to or after the competition.

Boat Insurance in Nebraska

Although you're not required to purchase a boat insurance policy in Nebraska, it could only help to be protected in the event you have an accident while operating your boat. For more information on how to get a low rate on your boat insurance, you can visit our page about boat insurance.

Boat Requirements and Procedures

All boats in Nebraska must have a hull ID number made up of 12 digits.

To register your boat in Nebraska, you will need to:

  1. Complete an application found at all county clerk and treasurer offices, hunting and fishing license vendors, most boat dealers, and Game and Parks Commission offices in Alliance, Bassett, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte and Omaha.
  2. Either mail or deliver the completed application to your county treasurer, if you're a resident of Nebraska.
  3. Pay the applicable fee for your boat registration. See "Boat Registration Fees" below for more details.

NOTE: ALL nonresidents can mail or take the completed application to any county treasurer in the state.

Boat Registration Fees

The cost to get your boat registered in Nebraska will depend on the class and length of your boat.

  • Class 1 (less than 16 ft and all canoes): $23.
  • Class 2 (16 ft to 25 ft): $46.
  • Class 3 (26 ft to 39 ft): $67.50.
  • Class 4 (40 ft or longer): $115.
  • Class 5 (demo permits for dealers or manufacturers): $46.
  • All boat registrations require an additional $4 issuing fee.

Boat registration in Nebraska is valid for 3 years.

Renew in Person

To renew your Nebraska boat registration in person, you must visit your local Nebraska county treasurer.

Replace Lost Registration

If you need another copy of your NE boat registration certificate, your county treasurer can issue a duplicate for a fee of $5.

Boater License

No license is required in Nebraska.

Boater Safety Courses

Anyone born after December 31, 1985, must be at least 14 years old and have completed a state-approved Nebraska boating safety course in order to operate a motorboat.

If you're a visitor from out-of-state and have received safety course certification in your home state approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), you can use your out-of-state certification to operate a boat in Nebraska.

Browse the Outdoor Calendar for a schedule of the dates and times of classes you can attend.

Keep in mind, you must score at least 75% to pass your exam.

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