California's 840 miles of coastal shoreline and over 200 major lakes make it one of the top places in the United States to boat and fish. Once you decide to purchase a boat and take advantage of the state’s scenic waterways, you will need to apply for your California boat registration.

Your boat registration serves as documentation to prove that you are the rightful owner of a vessel. There are registration fees that you will need to pay when you register your boat; however, these fees are used by the state to help sustain our natural resources and promote responsible boating.

You can quickly and easily apply for your California boat registration online.

California Boating Laws and Regulations

Aside from having the proper California boat registration documentation, you will also need to know and understand the state boating laws and regulations before you take your first boat trip. California has its own set of boating rules to protect the waterways and keep everyone who uses them safe.

Have questions about titling, legal boat operator age or personal floatation devices? Read California’s boating laws and sign up for a boater education course in your area to become a better boater.