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FL Boat Registration and Licenses

FL Boat Registration Requirements

Bring with you:

  • Completed registration application (not offered online).
  • Manufacturer's Statement of Origin, or its equivalent.
  • Receipt showing you paid the sales tax (if applicable).

You can also mail the required documents and payment to the county office.

Keep the registration certificate on board whenever you're operating your boat. During the grace period after purchasing the vessel, be sure to keep your purchase receipt with you when operating the vessel. Vessels can be registered for 1 year or 2 years.

Boat Insurance in Florida

Even though you are not required to have boat insurance to register your boat in Florida, you should consider purchasing a boat insurance policy. There are many risks that come with owning and operating a boat. A good insurance policy can help protect you from these risks.

Florida Boat Registration Fees

Per year registration fees vary by the length of the vessel, as follows:

  • Class A-1 (vessels less than 12 ft and all motorized canoes): $10.25
  • Class A-2 (12 ft to 16 ft): $21
  • Class 1 (16 ft to 26 ft): $33.50
  • Class 2 (26 ft to 40 ft: $83
  • Class 3 (40 ft to 65 ft): $132.50
  • Class 4 (65 ft to 110 ft): 7.50
  • Class 5 (110 ft or longer): 4.50

Please note that some counties may tack on additional fees.

FL Boat Registration Renewals and Replacements

You have the option to renew your registration based on the ownership of the vessel. For privately owned vessels, the registration renewal period begins on the 30 days before the owner's birth day. For vessels owned by a corporation or dealer, the registration period begins in July.

Renew by Mail

Send your renewal card along with your fee payment to the address listed on the card.

Replace Lost Registration

Duplicate registrations are available through county tax collector's office for a small fee. Just turn in a completed Application for Vessel Duplicate Registration, Replacement Decal and Change of Classification (Form HSMV 87015).

Florida Boater License

If you were born after January 1, 1988 and want to operate a boat (including personal watercraft) with 10 HP or greater you'll need to have a Boating Safety Education ID Card.

See below for information on how to obtain the safety ID card.

FL Boater Safety Courses

Fulfill your boater education requirements and receive your ID card by doing one of the following:

  • Complete a course given by an approved third-party provider, such as BoaterExam.com, which offers convenient online classes (click its link below for information).

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