Once you have your Connecticut boat registration and hull identification numbers, you can choose where to take a leisurely cruise or go fishing with your family. There are freshwater or saltwater launch ramps that can be found in Connecticut’s state parks and in Long Island Sound. Use these links to learn more about boat registration requirements and boating laws. 

Connecticut boat registration dollars are used to help sustain resources that promote safe and responsible use of state waterways. Some states also require you to have a safe boating certificate or boat license in order to operate a motor boat.

Connecticut Boating Laws and Regulations

Every boater is responsible for obeying the state and federal boating laws. These laws cover topics such as boating certificates, required emergency equipment, personal floatation devices, navigation, and noise-level limits. Certain bodies of water may also have special laws or regulations in place, so always check before you go boating on a new waterway.

To earn a safe boating certificate or to refresh your knowledge, take a local boater safety class in your area. Boating laws in Connecticut are subject to change and will vary from laws in other states, so check for updates on a regular basis.