Outdoor recreation can play a vital role in protecting our natural resources. When you register your boat, you do your part in sustaining resources that promote safe and responsible use of our nation's waters. Your registration dollars also help pay for marinas, boat ramps, lake clean up and much more.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR): The DNR is responsible for regulating the state boating laws in Indiana.
All vessels propelled by machinery, including gasoline, diesel and electric motors, and principally operated on Indiana waters must be registered and issued an Indiana Certificate of Registration by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). The following vessels are not required to be registered:
Also note that the boat owner must obtain their boat title before they can obtain their Certificate of Registration. To obtain a boat title the boat owner must contact the BMV. The following vessels are not required to be titled:
Boat owners must keep their Certificate of Ownership in a safe place.
NOTE On the reverse of the Certificate of Ownership there is an application for the transfer of ownership.
The Certificate of Registration and validation are obtained by submitting the proper application and fee to any authorized branch of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Boat owners must have at least a temporary Certificate of Registration before they can operate in state waters. Upon receipt of the Certificate of Registration please note the following:
Successful registration results in a Certificate of Number,physical boat numbers and a decal. Boat numbers must:
Decals must be affixed on both sides of the boat, to the right side of and within three inches of the registration number. Decals include the month and year of expiration. Only the current decal may be displayed.
For example: IN 1234 BX. This is a federal and state requirement.
The decal which is provided to you by the BMV should be displayed on both sides of the boat 3 inches towards the stern.
Lack of the correct documentation may result in delays and fines.
Make sure all boats are properly marked and documented. It's important to keep your papers with the boat - be particularly aware when transferring ownership of your vessel.
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