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Boats/Vessels


 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a Florida registration for my vessel?
Yes. All vessels operated on Florida waters must have a registration officially assigned to it and be displayed on the vessel. The purchaser of a vessel has 30 days in which to apply for registration and title. During this 30-day grace period, the owner is required to have aboard the vessel a bill of sale with proof of the date of purchase. Florida recognizes valid registration certificates and numbers issued to visiting boaters for a period of 90 days. An owner who intends to use a vessel in Florida longer than 90 days, must register it. However, the out-of-state registration number may be retained if the owner plans to return to his home state within a reasonable period of time.
How many days does an owner have to register a new vessel?
The purchaser of a vessel has 30 days in which to apply for registration and title. During this 30-day grace period, the owner is required to have aboard the vessel a bill of sale with proof of the date of purchase.
Are military personnel exempt from registering their vessels in Florida?
Out-of-state registration certificates and numbers for vessels owned by military personnel on active duty in Florida are valid in Florida until their expiration date. Then they must be registered and titled in Florida in order to be operated on state waters.
How do I register my vessel? How much does it cost?
Present acceptable proof of ownership (Certificate of Title, Bill of Sale) to the Tax Collector’s office. The total cost of registration is determined by hull length of the vessel, use, whether a Certificate of Title must be created and other factors. For a vessel fee schedule, click here.
I will be vacationing in Florida this summer. Do I need to register my vessel there?
Florida recognizes valid registration certificates and numbers issued to visiting boaters for a period of 90 days. An owner who intends to use his vessel in Florida longer than 90 days must register it with a county Tax Collector. However, the out-of-state registration number may be retained if the owner plans to return to his home state within a reasonable period of time.
Why do I need a certificate of title for my vessel?
A certificate of title is the officially recognized proof of ownership. Ownership must be documented on a Florida Certificate of Title before a vessel may be registered in Florida *. Information identifying a specific vessel and the name of its owner is documented on the Certificate of Title.
*Federally documented vessels are excluded.
Is a non-motor powered vessel required to be registered and titled?
If the non-motor powered vessel is less than 16 feet in length, it is not required to be registered or titled. However, if the vessel is 16 feet or more in length, a title is required.
Who should I contact about safety equipment requirements for vessels?
Information about safety equipment requirments can be obtained on the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation's website.