Boat Registration and Licenses in New Hampshire

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Boat Registration and Licenses in New Hampshire

All boat registration and title applications are administered through the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles.

If you're looking for information about how to register your boat in New Hampshire, renew your boat registration, or apply for a duplicate copy of your boat registration, you've come to the right place.

Continue reading for all the information you need to get your boat operating legally on public waters in New Hampshire.

Boats You Must Register

  • All motorboats, regardless of size.
  • Sailboats and sailboards 12 ft. or longer.

What Not to Register

  • Sailboat and sailboards less than 12 ft. in length.
  • Kayaks.
  • Canoes.


  • Any U.S. government vessel.
  • Any vessel registered in another state operating on New Hampshire waters for 30 consecutive days or less.

Boat Requirements and Procedures

To register and title your boat in New Hampshire, you will be required to:

  1. Complete the Boat Registration (Form DSMV 157A).
  2. Bring your completed application along with your driver's license and proof of ownership (title, old registration, bill of sale) to any recognized New Hampshire boat agent (Marine Patrol Headquarters, the Boat Desk in Concord, and various marinas, sport shops, town halls and Division of Motor Vehicles (DVM) offices).
  3. Pay all applicable fees.

Boat Registration Fees

The fees you must pay to register and title your boat in New Hampshire will depend on the length and year of your boat.

For more details, please contact your town clerk.

Boat Renewals and Replacements

Registrations expire on December 31st of every year. You must renew in person. You cannot renew online, by phone or by mail.

Renew in Person

To renew your NH boat registration in person, you must bring your renewal form to your town clerk and pay all applicable fees.

Replace Lost Registration

In order to replace a boat registration certificate, you will need to fill out an Application for a Copy of a Registration (Form RDMV 110) and pay the $15 fee.

Be sure to bring your driver's license to:

  • Any DMV office that handles boat registrations.
  • The Boat Desk in Concord.
  • Marine Patrol Headquarters.

Boater License

  • Everyone more than 16 years old who wishes to operate a vessel 25 HP or more must complete the Department of Safety's Boating Education Course and pass their exam.
  • If you are less than 16 years old and want to drive, your passenger must be 18 years old or older and have completed the Department of Safety's Boating Education Course.

Boating Education Course

Boating education courses are conducted across the state throughout the year.

If you take a boater education course, not only will you be better prepared for operating a boat on public waters, but you could potentially save money on your boat insurance. Continue reading below for more information about boat insurance.

Boat Insurance in New Hampshire

Even though you're not required to carry boat insurance in New Hampshire, it is a very good idea to purchase a policy to ensure you're protected if you're ever involved in a boating collision. Accidents do happen. You'll want to make sure you're not responsible for a huge costs associated with repairing your boat or medical bills.

You can read up on how an insurance policy will benefit you at our page about boat insurance.

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