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Register a Boat in West Virginia
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.
Register Your Boat
WEST VIRGINIA BOATING LAWS AND REGULATIONS
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.
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 West Virginia; however, these fees are used by the state to help sustain our natural resources and promote responsible boating.
WEST VIRGINIA BOAT REGISTRATION INFORMATION
- All motorized boats, watercraft and sailboats are required to have a current title and registration.
- When you apply for your West Virginia boat registration, you will be required to pay boat registration fees that are based on the size of your vessel.
- You can register your boat at your local West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles office or send your application in through the mail.