Boat Registration and Licenses in PennsylvaniaPage Overview
Boat Registration and Licenses in Pennsylvania
All boats in PA must be registered with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).
On this page, you'll find all the information you need about boat registration, renewals, and applying for a duplicate boat registration card.
In Pennsylvania, you must register any motorized boat. Exemptions from this rule include:
- U.S. government-owned ships.
- Foreign boats temporarily in Pennsylvania.
- Search and rescue boats.
- Documented boats used for non-recreational purposes.
What Not to Register
- Non-motorized kayaks.
- Non-motorized sculls.
- Non-motorized sailboards.
- Non-motorized rowboats.
NOTE: Non-motorized boats must be registered if used at a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) lake or area, or at a Pennsylvania State Park lake.
- Any boat powered by an inboard motor that has a model year of 1997 or newer.
- Any boat powered by an outboard motor that is 14 ft.
- Any boat with a Pennsylvania title when purchased.
- Any boat used primarily in Pennsylvania, even though it's titled in another state.
If you want to register and title your boat in PA, you must:
- Complete an Application for Pennsylvania Boat Registration and/or Boat Title (Form REV-336).
- Provide proof of ownership, either in the form of a title or a manufacturer's certificate of origin, along with a bill of sale.
- Pay all applicable fees. See "Fees for PA Boat Registration" below.
- Mail the above to the address on the application, or drop it off at any any PFBC office.
- Non-motorized boats:$18.
- Motorboats less than 16 ft: $26.
- Motorboats 16 to 20 ft: $39.
- Motorboat 20 ft and longer: $52.
In Pennsylvania, boat registrations are valid for 2 years, expiring March 31 every other year.
When you need to renew your boat registration, you can easily do it online using American Express, VISA, MasterCard, or Discover to pay your renewal fees.
Renew by Mail
You can also mail the renewal to the address on your renewal notification card.
NOTE: If you did not receive a renewal notice, submit a Application for Pennsylvania Boat Registration Renewal (Form PFBC-733) application.
Renew in Person
To renew your boat registration in person, you will need to drop your renewal notice and payment off at any PFBC office.
Replace Lost Pennsylvania Registration
If you need to obtain a duplicate copy of your PA boat registration, you must complete a Change of Address, Status or Request for Duplicate Certificate of Registration (PFBC-732) application and mail to the address located in top right corner of the form. Cost: $3.
A boating safety certificate is required for:
- Anyone operating a personal watercraft (jet ski) in Pennsylvania.
- Anyone born on or after January 1, 1982, who operates a motorboat with an engine of 25 horsepower or greater.
- Online: Take a state-approved online course through BOATERexam.com.
- Classroom: Courses are offered throughout the state.
Even though boat insurance is not required to register and title your boat in Pennsylvania, you should still consider getting a boat insurance quote. You could save yourself a lot of money if you're ever involved in a boating mishap.
You can read all about getting a policy at our page about Boat Insurance in Pennsylvania.Other Topics in This Section