Boat Registration and Licenses in Rhode Island

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Boat Registration and Licenses in Rhode Island

Titles and registrations are handled by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM).

Continue reading this page to learn exactly how to get your boat registered or renew your boat registration in Rhode Island.

What Boats to Register in Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, the DEM requires boat registration on all motorized boats, sail boats, and personal watercraft.

What Not to Register

  • Non-motorized canoes.
  • Non-motorized kayaks.
  • A rowboat less than 12 ft long.


  • Lifeboats.
  • Boats used only for racing.
  • Any boat registered in another state and not kept in Rhode Island for more than 90 days.

Boat Requirements and Procedures

The process of registering your boat in Rhode Island will depend on whether you have a new or used boat.

New Boat Registration

To register your new boat in Rhode Island, you'll need:

Either mail or drop off the above documents at the address on the registration application.

Used Boat Registration

To register a used boat in Rhode Island, you will need:

Either mail or drop off at the address on the registration application.

Rhode Island Boat Registration Fees

  • 1 ft to 15 ft: $32.
  • 16 ft to 20 ft: $42.
  • 21 ft to 25 ft: $66.
  • 26 ft to 30 ft: $108.
  • 31 ft to 35 ft: $212.*
  • 36 ft to 40 ft: $264.*
  • 41 ft to 45 ft: $316.*
  • 46 ft to 50 ft: $418.*
  • Over 50 ft: $620.*
  • Title fee: $25.
  • Title Transfer fee: $5

* These boats can also be registered annually instead of for 2 years for a lesser fee.

Boat Registration Renewals and Replacements

Boat registrations are valid for 2 years, expiring on the last day of February.

Boats more than 30 feet in length can be registered annually (pay only half the above posted fees).

Renew Online

You can renew your boat registration online at the RI Department of Environmental Management website.

You'll need to use your VISA, MasterCard, or Discover card to pay for your renewal fees.

Renew by Mail

You can also process your boat registration renewal by mail by sending payment to the address on your renewal notice.

Renew in Person

To renew your boat registration in person, simply drop off your renewal notice at the DEM's Boat Registration Office, located at 235 Promenade St. in Providence.

Replace a Lost Registration and/or Decal

You can apply for a replacement boat registration certificate or decal by completing a Duplicate Boat Registration and Decal Application. Either mail or drop it off at the address listed on the application. The cost is $5 for a duplicate registration and $2 for a duplicate decal.

RI Boater License

Completion of a boating safety class is mandatory for anyone born after January 1st, 1986 who operates a boat with an engine of more than 10 horsepower. Anyone, regardless of age, who operates a personal watercraft (PWC) must also complete a boating safety class.

Boater Insurance

If you want to enjoy your boating experience without worrying about being covered in the event of a boat collision, you should consider purchasing a boat insurance policy.

You can find more details about getting your boat insured at our page about Boat Insurance in Rhode Island.

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