How do I complete boat registration in FL? Florida

Florida Vessel Registration Procedure

You have 30 days from the time you purchased it to register your boat. During this period, be sure to keep a bill of sale showing the purchase date onboard your boat or vessel.

When you decide to register your watercraft, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the tax collector's office in the FL county where you live or where the vessel is located.
  2. Bring the Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO) or its equivalent.
  3. Show your receipt indicating you paid the sales tax (if applicable).
  4. Pay the boat registration fees and any sales tax that's due. Registration fees vary widely according to the length of the boat.
Be aware you may have to obtain a title for your vessel, too.

Florida Vessel Registration Renewals

You can opt for a registration that lasts one or two years. Either way, be sure to renew your boat registration on time. Just like with a vehicle registration, it's illegal to operate boats with an expired boat registration.

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