How to Register your new boat.
Below is a brief generallized description of what to expect when trying to register your boat with your local and or state government agency. Since every registration process is different in every county throughout the US, we are going to give you generally what we have learned over the past few years and is by no means ment to be interpreted as the law.
What boats are required to register?
If you are going to use any watercraft in a public waterway, you need to check with your local boat registrant. If you are using your boat in your own lake or pond for personal use, you will probably not need to register it. Many types of boats or watercraft (especially 10' and under) do not need to be registered.
Who do I contact to register my boat or find out for sure if it needs registering?
Each area is different, it would be good to ask your state department of transportation or motor vehicle division. Some states use the fish and wildlife division. These may not be the ones to register your boat, but they will probably know where to direct you.
What do I need when registering?
Most states require at minimum a sales receipt. Some require a sales receipt and a manufacturers statement of origin (MSO). Most require the MSO to be notorized. We will be sending out your signed and notorized MSO automatically after you recieve your boat. It may take a couple of weeks for it to show up in the mail after your boat has been delivered. In a few cases like some small boat trailers, MSO's are located in the back or on the back of your owners manual, in that case you will need to send it to us if notorization is required. If you can't find your MSO after it has been a few weeks, please email us and we will track your original or send you a replacement if lost in mail. Our mailing address for MSO returns is DirectBoats.com P.O. Box 6406 Americus, GA 31709
Do I have a grace period to register my boat?
Most states give a standard 30 day grace period from the time you purchase / recieved your boat to register it. Keep your signed and dated delivery reciept in the boat to show the officers if you get pulled over and let them know you are waiting on your MSO to register the boat.
Will I need to pay anything when registering?
Should that have been a question, of course you have to pay. Now exactly what that amount is varies. Fees range from a 10 dollars anually to value based percentage formula's.
What about registering my boat trailer?
Most states require a tag for it, so after you check on your boat, ask about the trailer. Some states only tax the trailer and not the boats.
Well we hope this helped you. If you are missing something or are confused about something, please don't call the boat factory, we at Direct Boats are here to help you with registering your new boat.