Buying a new boat is a thrilling experience. After all the research you’ve done and boats you’ve looked at, finally deciding which one you’ll take home and out on the water is truly memorable. As a new boat owner in Florida, there are a few things you’ll need to take care of before you take off.
One of the most important things you’ll need to do is get the boat titled and registered. According to the Florida High Safety and Motor Vehicles department, “all motorized vessels operating on Florida’s public waterways must be titled and registered. To apply for the title and registration for your boat, you can head to your nearest county tax collector or license plate agent office, where you can get a one or two year registration.
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When you go to register your new boat, you’ll need to provide proof of ownership with a bill of sale, manufacturer’s statement of origin, builder’s contract, or other document that would show that you own the boat.
While all motorized boats that will explore public waters require titling, non-motor powered boats under 16 feet long don’t require a title.
Are titles and registration required for used boats in Florida?
If you’re purchasing a pre-owned boat, you can complete a title transfer from the previous owner. If the boat you purchase happens to be from a state outside of Florida, you’ll be required to pay a small fee (no more than $15 depending on your situation) and fill out a few documents to complete the transfer and get your boat officially titled in Florida.
If you have questions about registering or titling your boat in Florida, you can visit the FLHWMV website or give them a call to find answers to your specific ownership situation.