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State Registration of Boats

There are obviously a hodge podge of laws regarding state registration of boats in the USA. In NYS a boat is registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

In the case of autos the NY state has inspection requirements... presumably for safety and emissions. So this does have a strong public safety component. To register proof of ownership is required.

NYS also registers boats. They have no inspection requirement but do require a bill of sale to register a boat. The state also seems to have an "interest" in taxes... ie that sales tax as been paid. So the State seems to have no public safety interest in the registration requirement but rather one of tax revenue.

Do you think small boats should be registered?

What are your thoughts about State registration of boats?

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What are your thoughts about State registration of boats?
It's the same as all the other stuff that I pay the State for the privilege of owning.

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It's the same as all the other stuff that I pay the State for the privilege of owning.
But not everything you own needs to be registered with the State?

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But not everything you own needs to be registered with the State?
And I never said that now did I.

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Re: State Registration of Boats

In MT, boats are titled (proof of ownership) and permanently registered. Permanent meaning as long as the same owner keeps the boat he only has to register it one time. That's all done through the county treasurer, same as all vehicles, for taxes. Total cost is entirely dependent on vessel length.
FWP also has their hands in it, they require a validation sticker every three years. The first one is handed out with your registration (free) and subsequent stickers can be had by going on the FWP website. What purpose the sticker serves is beyond me.



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In Minnesota, more boats per person than most anywhere else, boats are registered with the DNR while your trailer, is registered with the DMV. Boat licenses renews every 2 years, trailer every year like your car license plate. Really does not bother me to be honest that I need to license my boat and the trailer. Boats and trailers are also titled.

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In MD you must register with Dept of Motor Vehicle. Same with a dinghy if it has an outboard. Both require bill of sale.


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Re: State Registration of Boats

In NY boats are registered by the DMV, but the state does not issue titles for boats. USCG documented boats must also get registered, but no numbers on the bow, just a sticker. I agree with SanderO its just a way for the state to be sure it gets the sales tax.
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Not all states require state registration for vessels that are federally documented. I think most do, but some don't.
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Re: State Registration of Boats

Registration is a money grab. If you own any boat, you are well inside the top 50% of US wealth. Most likely top quartile and up. Therefore, they know you have the money and they’re going to take it to pay for stuff the majority want and will elect them to provide.
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