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Boat Registration and Licenses in Vermont

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VT Boats Requiring Registration

All motorized boats, regardless of size or type, must register with Vermont's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Vermont Boat Registration Exemptions

  • 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.

Boat Registration Requirements and Procedures

  • 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.

Vermont Boat Registration Fees

  • 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.

VT Boat Registration Renewals and Replacements

You can renew your Vermont boat registration:

  • Online.
  • 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.

Renew Online

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

To renew your boat registration in person, take your renewal form to any DMV office or to your Town Clerk. If you do not have a renewal form, bring your current boat registration certificate.

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).

VT Boater License

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.

In addition:

  • 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.

Vermont Boater Safety Course

State-approved classes are offered by the Vermont State Police.

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