Register a Boat in New Jersey

One of the best things about boating is the opportunity it provides for memorable moments on the water with friends and family. Since there are boat sizes to suit every lifestyle, it is easier to get your NJ boat license and start boating than you might think. Use the links in this section to find boat registration requirements and learn about boating laws.

Register Your Boat

NEW JERSEY BOATING LAWS AND REGULATIONS

Before leaving the pier or dock for the first time with your new boat, you need to know the state boat laws and regulations. New Jersey requires boat owners to have a valid boat license and boat safety certificate in order to operate a power vessel.

IT’S NOT A FEE, IT’S A CONTRIBUTION

When you apply for your NJ boat license (or boat registration), you will need to submit a registration fee along with your license application. The funds collected from boat registration fees go towards efforts to protect and conserve state waterways. Find boat license and registration fee information here.

New Jersey Boat Registration

NEW JERSEY BOAT REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • All motorized vessels more than 12 feet in length must be registered in New Jersey to operate on waterways.
  • All vessels registered for the calendar year are issued two decals with the month of renewal punched out, for each side of the boat.
  • The documents required to register your vessel includes proof of ownership, a notarized bill of sale, a notarized statement of receipt from the seller, and a certificate of ownership among other documents.