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Register a Boat in Louisiana
Complete a Louisiana boat license safety course if you want to get your Louisiana Boater Education Certificate. Even if you are not required to take a boater safety course, they are a good way to learn safe boating laws. Once you have registered your boat and know the Louisiana boat laws, you can enjoy relaxing days with your family on a waterway near you.
Register Your Boat
LOUISIANA BOATING LAWS AND REGULATIONS
As a boat operator, it is your responsibility to stay up to date with the laws governing boating and safe vessel operation. Regardless of whether or not your state requires you to take a boater education course, you will need to know the laws pertaining to boat operation, communications, navigation, and emergency techniques before your first trip out on the water.
IT’S NOT A FEE, IT’S A CONTRIBUTION
When you register your boat, you will need to pay a registration fee amount that is based on the length of your vessel. Boat registration fees are important because they help fund the maintenance of marinas, boat ramps and waterway clean-up efforts.
LOUISIANA BOAT REGISTRATION INFORMATION
- If you are a new boater and aren’t sure if your vessel meets state or federal safety requirements, you can request a free vessel safety check from the U.S. Coast Guard.
- The U.S. Coast Guard can help you with advice about the proper safety equipment to have on board. This may include items such as personal floatation devices, fire extinguishers, and visual distress signals.
- Any vessel that is used on Louisiana waterways, including private lakes, must be registered.