Register a Boat in Missouri

There is nothing quite like the anticipation of an upcoming boat trip. Once you have made the decision to buy your own boat, you will need to apply for your Missouri boat registration and consider taking a boat operation safety course. Safe boating is the responsibility of everyone who uses state waterways, so it is recommended that all boaters take a boat safety course.

Register Your Boat

MISSOURI BOATING LAWS AND REGULATIONS

Both state and federal boating laws apply in the state of Missouri. As a vessel operator, you are responsible for knowing these laws to ensure the safety of your passengers and others who are using the waterways. Missouri law enforcement officers routinely monitor and enforce state boating laws so that everyone on the water has as a safe and enjoyable experience.

IT’S NOT A FEE, IT’S A CONTRIBUTION

When you apply for your Missouri boat registration, you will need to pay a boat registration fee that is based on the length of your boat. Boat registration fees help fund projects such as waterway clean-up efforts, boat ramp maintenance, lake mapping, and boat safety education.

Boating with the family in Missouri

MISSOURI BOAT REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • Vessels previously registered in other states must be title in Missouri within 60 days of being brought into the state.
  • Any vessel that is used or moored on Missouri waterways, including private lakes, must be registered.
  • A boat, vessel, or documented vessel registration must be renewed every three years. The registration expires on June 30th in the year specified on the decal.