Register a Boat in Connecticut

Once you have your Connecticut boat registration and hull identification numbers, you can choose where to take a leisurely cruise or go fishing with your family. There are freshwater or saltwater launch ramps that can be found in Connecticut’s state parks and in Long Island Sound. Use these links to learn more about boat registration requirements and boating laws.

Register Your Boat

CONNECTICUT BOATING LAWS AND REGULATIONS
Every boater is responsible for obeying the state and federal boating laws. These laws cover topics such as boating certificates, required emergency equipment, personal floatation devices, navigation, and noise-level limits. Certain bodies of water may also have special laws or regulations in place, so always check before you go boating on a new waterway.

IT’S NOT A FEE, IT’S A CONTRIBUTION
Connecticut boat registration dollars are used to help sustain resources that promote safe and responsible use of state waterways. Some states also require you to have a safe boating certificate or boat license in order to operate a motor boat.

CONNECTICUT BOAT REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • Any vessel with any size motor is required to be registered and numbered before entering Connecticut waters.
  • If you purchase a boat that is currently registered, you are responsible for seeing that it is registered in your name.
  • If you live in another state and operate your vessel on Connecticut waters for more than 60 days in a calendar year, you will need the boating certificate.