Is boat registration required in Florida? Florida

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It depends on the boat.

Here's a list of boats or vessels that do NOT need to be registered. If your type of watercraft isn't mentioned, then you can assume it must need a Florida boat registration.

FL Vessel Registration Exemptions

  • Non-powered vessels fewer than 16 feet long.
  • All non-powered kayaks, canoes, racing shells, and rowing sculls.
  • All vessels used only on private ponds and lakes.
  • Vessels owned by the U.S. government.
  • Vessels only used as lifeboats.
  • Registered out-of-state vessels used in Florida's waterways for less than 90 consecutive days.

FL Vessel Registration Renewals

Just like a vehicle registration, you must renew your boat registration in order to keep it current. Boat registrations expire on your birthday, and can be renewed for intervals of one or two years.

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