Registration of USCG Documented Vessels
Just remember, if you want to USCG document a vessel, you must be a US Citizen.Effective January 1, 2004, vessels documented by the U.S. Coast Guard are no longer exempt from state registration requirements.
Requirements for registering a documented vessel:
* If sales tax has not been paid, a Bill of Sale or Invoice is required and sales tax fee will be assessed at the time of registration. Tax will not be collected for vessels purchased more than four years prior to the date of application for registration. A Bill of Sale or Invoice must contain:
- Vessel/Boat Application form PWD 143(PDF 424.4 KB);
- Current USCG Documentation Certificate (or copy);
- Verification of sales tax payment * or proof that vessel purchase date occurred more than four years prior to the date of application; and
- Payment of registration fee. (Note: Do not submit title fee. A Texas title cannot be issued for a USCG documented vessel.)
- The date of sale;
- Sales price;
- Description of the vessel and/or outboard motor (make, TX or serial number and year built);
- Purchaser(s) name; and
- Seller(s) signature.
Placement of Decal on Documented Vessels:
- Documented commercial vessels used in coastal shipping; and
- Documented vessels exceeding 115 in length
I am not an expert in documentation, but I know enough to say you face a problem and should get the advice of a documentation service before proceeding. Hopefully they can advise you if the vessel CAN be documentented and what the cost to you will be for someone like them to do all the work for you.witzgall said:HI all;
What are the issues with buying a Canadian registered boat, for registration/documentation in the US?
Do things change if the purchase takes place in the US?