So you’ve just bought a boat. Now what? Make sure you’re registered and insured before you hit the water to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
It is a federal law that you register your boat in the state of primary use. Each state has its own vessel registration process. For local how-to information, dates, fees and applications, select your state below. It's your responsibility to know your state's boating rules and regulations.
District of Columbia
Make sure your boat registration is on board at all times and use your boat registration decals!
Accidents happen. Protect your boat and its passengers with a boat-owners insurance policy, which can insure you against most risks of owning and operating your boat, its motor and its trailer. Risks may include: sinking, fire, storms, theft, capsizing, stranding, collision or explosion.
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