FAQ Friday: Is it required to have registration numbers on a 12-foot Jon boat with a 3 HP gasoline motor?

Friday, September 18, 2015

In general, all recreational vessels that are propelled by machinery must be registered in the state of their principal use. The exceptions are:

  • Foreign vessels temporarily using waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction;
  • Military or public vessels of the United States, except recreational-type public vessels;
  • A vessel whose owner is a State or subdivision thereof, which is used principally for governmental purposes, and which is clearly identifiable as such;
  • Ships’ lifeboats; and
  • A vessel which has or is required to have a valid marine document as a vessel of the United States.

 

Contact your state boating agency for questions concerning numbering and titling as numbering laws vary somewhat from state to state.

 

 


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