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.

Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB):

The OSMB is responsible for regulating the state boating laws in Oregon.


All vessels propelled by machinery, including gasoline, diesel and electric motors, and principally operated on Oregon waters must be titled and registered by the OSMB. U.S. Coast Guard documented vessels must also be registered with the Marine Board if classified as a recreational vessel.

Exemptions to the boat registration requirements include:

  • Sailboats that are under 12 feet long
  • U.S. Coast Guard documented vessels that are principally used in another state.
  • Vessels that are properly registered in another state and that are operating on Oregon waters for no more than 60 consecutive days


Boat owners must keep their Certificate of Title in a safe place.

Note - On the reverse side of the Certificate of Title there is an application for the transfer of ownership.

Successful titling and registration results in a Certificate of Title and a Certificate of Number (registration card) as well as decals. Boat numbers must:

  • Be affixed on both sides of the bow;
  • Be block letters, three inches high and contrasting with the color of your boat;
  • Letters must be separated from the numbers by a space or a hyphen.
  • This is a federal and state requirement.
  • The decal which is provided to you by the OSMB should be displayed on both sides of the boat.

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 Certificate of Number with the boat.


Transfer of Title: Oregon boat title transfers must be made within 30 days of purchase to avoid a late penalty. Please contact the OSMB for further information.


Boat owners must have at least a temporary permit before they can operate in Oregon waters. Upon receipt of the Certificate of Number please note the following:

  • It must be carried onboard when operating the vessel.
  • It is valid for two calendar years and expires on December 31st of the second year.
  • The OSMB must be notified within 30 days if the boater changes residences.

The Certificate of Number, validation decals and title are obtained by application to an authorized boat registration agent or to:

Oregon State Marine Board
P.O. Box 14145
Salem, OR 97209-5065

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