Register a Boat in Massachusetts

Boating provides adventure, educational experiences and a form of stress-relief. What’s not to love about spending the day on a boat? Once you have purchased a boat, you will need to apply for your boat registration, pay boat registration fees and learn the Massachusetts boat laws. Boat registration fees help to fund marinas, lake clean-up efforts, conservation education and more.

Register Your Boat

MASSACHUSETTS BOATING LAWS AND REGULATIONS

Learn about the state-specific rules for speed limit, safety equipment, minimum age restrictions, trailer set up and navigation. Every boater is responsible for following the current boating regulations to ensure the safety of everyone who uses state waterways.

IT’S NOT A FEE, IT’S A CONTRIBUTION

Your boat registration serves as documentation to prove that you are the rightful owner of a vessel. There are registration fees that you will need to pay when you register your boat; however, these fees are used by the state of Massachusetts to help sustain our natural resources and promote responsible boating.

Fishing boats on a canal in Massachusetts

MASSACHUSETTS BOAT REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • Any boat powered by a motor and operated on public waterways in Massachusetts needs to be register in the State.
  • All boats 14 feet or greater in length that are designed for use with a motor, or that use a motor at any time, must be titled.
  • If your boat registration has expired you can renew it by mail or visit one office of one registrations offices in Massachusetts.