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Register a Boat in Tennessee
Connect with nature and experience the great outdoors by taking a boat trip with the family on one of Tennessee’s many lakes or rivers. Just remember, before you step behind the helm of your new boat for the first time, you will need to have your TN boat registration and know the state boating regulations.
Register Your Boat
TENNESSEE BOATING LAWS AND REGULATIONS
All boat operators need to know the safe boating basics and must abide by the boating rules of the road set forth by the state. Boaters can learn more about safe boating basics, filing a float plan, what to do during times of inclement weather, environmental considerations and personal floatation devices by taking a boating education or safe boating class.
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 in Tennessee; however, these fees are used by the state to help sustain our natural resources and promote responsible boating.
TENNESSEE BOAT REGISTRATION INFORMATION
- When you apply for your boat registration, you will be required to pay a registration fee. The amount of the registration fee depends on the length of the boat being registered.
- All mechanically powered vessels and all sailboats which are principally used in Tennessee waterways must be registered.
- Documentation requirements vary from county to county, please call your County Clerk’s office prior going there to ensure you take the proper documentation in order to register your boat.