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.
Vermont State Police (VSP):
The VSP are responsible for enforcing boating laws within the state.
All vessels propelled by machinery, including gasoline, diesel and electric motors, and principally operated on Vermont waters must be registered and issued a Vermont Certificate of Number (Registration) by the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles. The following are exempt from meeting this requirement:
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 transfer of ownership.
Boat owners must have at least a temporary Certificate of Number before they can operate in state waters. Temporary registrations must be kept with the motorboat while being operated and is only valid for 30 days from the date of issue. Upon receipt of the Certificate of Number please note the following:
Also note that the boat owner must obtain their boat title before they can obtain their Certificate of Number. To obtain a boat title the boat owner must contact the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles.
Successful registration results in a Certificate of Number, physical boat numbers and a decal. Boat numbers must:
For example: VT 1234 BX. This is a federal and state requirement.
The decal which is provided to you by the Department of Motor Vehicles should be displayed on both sides on the forward half of the vessel.
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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