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You just bought a new boat and can’t wait to spend relaxing days on the water with family and friends. Before you launch for the first time, you need to have your West Virginia boat registration paperwork and know the WV boating regulations. Your boat registration dollars help to sustain state resources that promote safe and responsible use of our waterways.
Whether you are a new boater who has just applied for your West Virginia boat registration or an experienced boater who has spent years on the water, you can learn the state laws or update your knowledge of the WV boating regulations by taking a boating safety course. A boating safety course will guide you through the boating basics and equipment requirements.
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 West Virginia; however, these fees are used by the state to help sustain our natural resources and promote responsible boating.
West Virginia has its own set of boating rules to protect the waterways and keep everyone who uses them safe.
Learn how to take care of your crew and your boat, while also taking care of our valuable water resources.
Additional resources and information can be found directly on the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles site.
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