Register a Boat in Florida

Boating is considered one of the top three of all stress-relieving activities, giving you even more reason to have a boat. Luckily, boats come in all sizes and price levels so there is an option out there that will fit you and your family. Once you purchase your boat, you will also need a Florida boat license.

Register Your Boat

FLORIDA BOATING LAWS AND REGULATIONS

Every state has boating laws in place to help protect you, the other boaters and the waterways you will be using. This way we have these natural resources for years to come. Each state regulates their own waterways and sets laws for boaters, so each state may follow different rules.

IT’S NOT A FEE, IT’S A CONTRIBUTION

A Florida boat license (or registration) is documentation that a boat belongs to you and that it is a valid vessel to have on Florida waters. In addition, you will need to pay a fee with your registration. This fee helps the state take care of its natural aquatic resources and the boating amenities you will use like boat ramps, public piers and clean waterways. The easier way to acquire a boat registration is to get an online boat license.

Sport fishing boat entering ocean in Florida

FLORIDA BOAT REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • All vessels used on public waterways with any kind of motor must be titled and registered.
  • The purchaser of a new vessel has 30 days in which to apply for registration and title through the county tax collector's office.
  • If the non-motor powered vessel is less than 16 feet in length, it is not required to be registered or titled.