Boat Registration and Licenses in West VirginiaPage Overview
Boat Registration and Licenses in West Virginia
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is responsible for all boat registration and titling.
When you finish reading this page, you'll have all the information you need to register your boat in WV, renew boat registration, and replace a lost boat registration certificate.
All motorized vessels.
What Not to Register
- Non-motorized sailboats.
- Coast Guard documented boats.
- Motorboats participating in a race.
- A boat from another country temporarily using West Virginia's waters.
- A boat registered in another state and not kept in West Virginia for more than 60 consecutive days.
To register a boat in West Virginia, you must:
- Complete an Application for a Certificate of Title for a Motor Boat (Form MB-6).
- Include the boat's title if it was titled in another state.
- Pay all applicable fees.
- Drop off at any Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office or mail to the address located at the bottom of the application.
Titling and tax collection on all motorboats purchased in West Virginia became effective on July 1, 1989.
The fees you're responsible for paying are based on the length of your boat:
- Class A (All PMCs and motorboats less than 16 ft): $30.
- Class 1 (between 16 ft to 26 ft): $45.
- Class 2 (between 26 ft to 40 ft): $60.
- Class 3 (40 ft or longer): $75.
For all classes, you must also pay a 5% tax on the purchase price of both the vessel and the trailer, plus a $10 fee for the title.
Your boat registration is valid for 3 years and, will expire on March 31 of the year indicated on your boat registration certificate.
In West Virginia, you can renew your boat registration by mail or in person at your local WV DMV office.
Renew by Mail
To renew your boat registration by mail, you must send a completed Application for Boat Renewal, Duplicate Decal and/or Registration, and Change of Address (Form DMV-14-TR) to the address on the form. Be sure to include either a personal property tax receipt or an affidavit of exemption from your county assessor's office, along with your fees.
Renew in Person
You can also renew boat registration in person by dropping off a completed Application for Boat Renewal, Duplicate Decal and/or Registration, and Change of Address (Form DMV-14-TR) at any DMV office.
You'll need to bring either a personal property tax receipt OR an affidavit of exemption from your county assessor's office.
Replace Lost Registration
If you need to apply for a duplicate boat restoration card, you will need to complete a Application for Boat Duplicate Registration Card, Decal, or Plate & Change of Address (Form DMV-14-TR) and deliver it to any DMV office, or mail it to the address on your renewal notification form.
Anyone born after December 31, 1986, must complete a Boater Education Course to operate a motorboat in West Virginia.
- Online: Take a state-approved course through BoaterExam.com.
- Classroom: The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources offer courses throughout the state. Check out the county list to find a Division of Natural Resources class near you.
While boat insurance is not required to register or title your boat in West Virginia, having a good policy could protect you in the event of a boat collision.
If you would like more information about carrying boat insurance in West Virginia, you can start by browsing our page about WV boat insurance.Other Topics in This Section