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Register a Boat in Mississippi

You will need to get your Mississippi boat registration whether you decide to buy a flats boat for fishing the Gulf Coast inshore waters or a bass boat for largemouth bass fishing in the freshwater reservoirs. After receiving your registration, it is also important that you learn all of the MS boating regulations so that you are operating your boat in accordance with state laws.

Register Your Boat
Boat Registration


Some states may require you to have a boating license or take a boating safety course in order to legally operate a boat. There are boater safety courses available that can completed online or in a classroom setting. Since the boating laws and regulations vary from state to state, educate yourself on the laws that apply to you and check for waterway specific rules.


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 in Mississippi; however, these fees are used by the state to help sustain our natural resources and promote responsible boating.


  • You can apply for a boat registration online, at any local county tax collector’s office, most places where boats are sold or service, and Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks offices.
  • Boat registration numbers must be properly displayed on each side of the vessel as specified by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks.
  • There are specific Mississippi boating laws that pertain to subjects such as personal floatation devices (PFD’s), navigation, speed limits, operating under the influence, and more. Counties and cities within a state may also have additional laws in place.