Boat Registration and Licenses in New Jersey
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Any boat longer than 12 feet and all motor-powered vessels, regardless of length.
What Not to Register
- Non-motorized inflatable devices.
- Non-motorized surfboards.
- Non-motorized dinghies.
- Non-motorized racing shells.
- Non-motorized canoes and kayaks.
- U.S. public vessels.
- Foreign vessels.
- Ship lifeboats.
- Non-motorized vessels restricted to small lakes and ponds on private property.
- Any racing vessel holding a New Jersey State Marine Police permit.
- Any vessel registered in another state or operating on New Jersey waters for fewer than 180 days.
Registering a Boat More Than 12 Feet in Length
- Visit any Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) office with proof of age and identification.
- Complete a boat registration application (Form BA-51).
- Pay all applicable fees.
Registering a Boat 12 Feet or Less in Length
- Visit any MVC office with:
- ―Proof of age and identification.
- ―Proof of ownership.
- ―A notarized bill of sale.
- ―A notarized statement of receipt from the seller.
- ―Your driver license number.
- ―Your Social Security number or proof of exemption.
- ―A certificate of ownership by sworn affidavit.
- Less than 16 feet: $12
- 16 feet to less than 26 feet: $28
- $52: $52
- 40 feet to less than 65 feet: $80
- 65 feet or longer: $250
Registrations are valid for one year.
You can renew online using Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.
Renew in Person
Visit any MVC office.
Replace Lost Registration
Visit any MVC office with valid identification. Cost: $5
A boat license is required for operation on non-tidal water. Keep in mind that a boat license is different than a boat safety certificate.
All power vessel operators, regardless of age, must hold a boating safety certificate from a state-approved program. State-approved classes are offered throughout New Jersey. For more information, the New Jersey State Police recommends consulting the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary or calling any MVC office.
Other Topics in This Section
- 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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