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Vessel Licensing
 
Please note: Payments accepted for in office licensing transactions are cash or check only.
 
Not all boats need to be registered, and not all registered boats are subject to state excise tax. Check the chart below to see if you are required to register your boat and pay the excise or property tax.
   
 
Sailboats
 
Under 16 feet
16 feet and over
 
With Motor
 
Without Motor
With Motor
Without Motor
Excise Tax Required  
No
No
Yes
Yes
Registration/Titling Required  
Yes*
No
Yes
Yes
   
 
Vessels
  Human Powered Any Length
Motorized Vessels
Documented Vessels
     
Under 16 feet
16 feet and over
   
Excise Tax Required
No
 
No
Yes
Yes**
Registration/Titling Required  
No
 
Yes*
Yes
Reg. Only
Personal Property tax applies to most commercial boats.

*No, if 10 hoursepower or less when used only on non-federally regulated waters.
**Unless vessel qualifies for exemption.