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.
- Include, for tax purposes, your bill of sale. 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 registration fees (see below) and taxes.
- Class A, less than 16 feet: $27
- Class I, between 16 and 26 feet: $43
- Class II, between 26 and 40 feet: $70
- Class III, 40 feet and longer: $136
All registration certificates are valid for one year and expire on December 31st. You should receive a renewal form approximately three weeks prior to expiration.
To renew online you'll need:
- Your registration renewal number, listed on your renewal notice.
- A Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit or debit card.
After submitting, print the receipt and use as a temporary registration (valid for 10 days) until your permanent one arrives in the mail within four to six days. If you need a permanent registration certificate immediately, renew 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 DMV offices.
Renew by Mail
Send registration renewal form and payment to:
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- 120 State St.
- Montpelier, Vermont 05603-0001
Renew by Phone
Dial (866) 259-5368 and follow the voice instructions. Pay using a credit or debit card (Discover, Visa, MasterCard).
Replace Lost Boat Registration
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). In addition:
- You must be at least 12 years old to operate a boat with more than six horsepower.
- You cannot operate a PWC if younger than 16, regardless if you own a boating safety certificate.
State-approved classes are offered by the Vermont State Police.
- Classroom courses are offered throughout the state.
- Online courses are offered year-round.
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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