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Boat Registration and Licenses in New York

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New York Boat Title, Registration, & Licenses

The New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) handles the registration and titling for all boats.

Keep scrolling for information on titling and/or registering a vessel AND the qualifications needed to operate boats on NY waters.

NY Vessels to Title & Register

In New York, you must register any boat that is partially OR wholly motor-driven and used on the state's public waterways. Vessels exempt from registration include:

  • Non-motorized vessels, like kayaks and canoes.
  • Lifeboats.
  • Any boat registered out-of-state and not used in New York for more than 90 consecutive days.
  • Commercial boats with U.S. or foreign documentation.
  • Watercraft racing in a competition.

The NY DMV only issues titles for motorboats that meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Manufactured in 1987 or more recent.
  • Have a length of at least 14 ft.
  • Registered in New York.

If you're not positive about whether your boat requires a title and/or registration, call the Department of Motor Vehicles at (518) 486-9786 for clarification.

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Title & Register Your Boat in NY

To register and/or title your boat, with the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, gather the following:

If you're making an application to title and register OR only register your watercraft, submit the required items above in person at your local DMV office branch.

If you're applying for a title ONLY, you will need to mail the appropriate items above to:

  • NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Title Bureau
  • 6 Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12228

Your New York vessel registration will be valid for 3 years.

New York Boat Title & Registration Fees

The costs associated with titling and registering your boat with the NY Department of Motor Vehicles are as follows:

  • Initial and renewal vessel registration (calculated by the length of your boat):
    • Less than 16 feet: $26.25.
    • 16 ft to 26 ft: $57.50.
    • 26 ft or longer: $93.75.
  • Boat title: $50.
  • Lien fee: $5 per lien.
  • Replacement fees:
    • Registration (card or sticker): $2.
    • Title: $20.
  • NY sales tax: 8.875% of the vessel's sale price.

Renew Your NY Boat Registration

Boat registrations are valid for 3 years. The New York DMV will send you a renewal notice in the mail before your vessel's expiration date.

You can renew your boat registration:

NOTE: If you lost or did not receive a renewal notice, you can submit a completed a Boat Registration/Title Application (Form MV-82B) in its place.

Replace Your Vessel Title & Registration

If you need another copy of your NY boat title and/or registration, you will need to submit the applicable items below at your local Department of Motor Vehicles agency:

New York Boater Safety Courses

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation outlines the qualifications needed to operate watercraft in NY:

  • If you were born on or after May 1st, 1996, you MUST complete a boater education course to legally use motorized vessels on the state's waters.
  • To operate personal watercraft you must complete a boating education course AND be at least 14 years old.

You can fulfill the boating education requirement by taking a course:

  • Online.
  • In the classroom.

For a complete list of approved boater education providers, jump over to the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's webpage on safe boating classes.

Forms

Statement of Transaction - DTF-802

Submit this form to the New York Department of Taxation and Finance if a vehicle was sold OR gifted without collecting sales tax.

Boat Registration/Title Application - MV-82B

Use this form to title and register your boat, to renew registration, or to request replacement documents.

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