Boat Registration and Licenses in Vermont
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All motorized boats, regardless of size or type, must register with Vermont's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
- Any vessel registered in another state and not used in Vermont for more than 90 consecutive days.
- Vessels documented by the U.S. Coast Guard.
- All non-motorized kayaks, canoes and sailboats.
- Complete a Motorboat Registration & Title Application (Form TA-VD-37).
- Include your bill of sale, for tax purposes. For tax exceptions, read page three of instructions that accompany the registration form.
- Provide a Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MCO) if it's new, or the boat's title if previously owned.
- Pay all Vermont registration fees (see below) and taxes in Vermont.
- Class A, less than 16 ft: $27.
- Class I, 16 ft to 26 ft: $43.
- Class II, 26 ft to 40 ft: $70.
- Class III, 40 ft and longer: $136.
You can renew your Vermont boat registration:
- In person.
- By mail.
NOTE: If you would like to see how much an insurance policy would cost for your boat, please visit our Boat Insurance page.
To renew your boat registration online you'll need:
- Your registration renewal number, listed on your VT renewal notice.
- A Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit or debit card.
After you submit the form, print your receipt and use as a temporary registration (valid for 10 days) until your permanent one arrives in the mail within 6 days. If you need a permanent registration certificate immediately, renew your boat registration in person.
NOTE: You will not be charged an additional service fee for renewing online.
Renew in Person
You also have the option to renew via a self-serve kiosk located in all Vermont DMV offices.
Renew by Mail
You can also renew by sending your registration renewal form and payment to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State St
Montpelier, Vermont 05603
Renew by Phone
To renew your boat registration by phone, call (866) 259-5368 and follow the voice instructions. You will need to pay using a credit or debit card (Discover, Visa, MasterCard).
Replace Lost Boat Registration
You will need to visit any Vermont DMV office with a completed a duplicate registration Duplicate/Corrected Registration/License or Learner Permit (Form TA-VL-15).
Anyone born after January 1, 1974, must complete a Vermont-approved boating safety course to operate a motorized boat. And yes, this does include personal watercraft (PWC). The Vermont State Police must approve the course.
- You must be at least 12 years old to operate a boat with more than 6 horsepower.
- You cannot operate a PWC if younger than 16 years old, regardless if you own a boating safety certificate.
When you operate a motorized vessel, you must have the course certificate on board at all times.
State-approved classes are offered by the Vermont State Police.