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Rhode Island Boat Registration / Title Forms and FAQ

Rhode Island Frequently Asked Questions

Rhode Island Registration and Title Information
Summary of boat registration and titling rules in Rhode Island
How do you register a boat in Rhode Island?
In Rhode Island, you can register your boat in person or by mail in
Where do you register your boat in Rhode Island?
In Rhode Island, you register your boat at the RI DEM
What boats are required to be registered in Rhode Island?
The following boats are required to be registered in Rhode Island: All motorized vessels as well as boats larger than 12', regardless of propulsion
What boats do not require registration in Rhode Island?
Houseboats, canoes & kayaks (non motorized) are not required to be registered in Rhode Island
Are USCG documented boats required to be registered in Rhode Island?
USCG documented boats are required to be registered in Rhode Island
How much does it cost to register a boat in Rhode Island?
To register a boat in Rhode Island, the fees are as follows: • $32. boats 1-15' • $42. boats 16-20' • $108. boats 26-30' • $212. boats 31-35' • $264. boats 36-40' • $316. boats 41-45' • $418. boats 46-50' • $620. boats 50+
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat registration in Rhode Island?
A duplicate boat registration in Rhode Island costs $5
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat decal in Rhode Island?
A duplicate boat decal in Rhode Island costs $2
How much does it cost to transfer a boat registration in Rhode Island?
Transfering a boat registration in Rhode Island will cost you $5.00 for one year transfer and $10.00 for two year transfer
Does Rhode Island title boats?
Boats are titled in Rhode Island
Where do you title your boat in Rhode Island?
In Rhode Island, boats are titled through the RI DEM
What boats are required to be titled in Rhode Island?
Vessels larger than 14', regardless of propulsion or year of manufacture are required to be titled in Rhode Island
What boats do not require a title in Rhode Island?
USCG Doc vessels & vessels 14' in length or less are exempt from titling in Rhode Island
How much does it cost to title a boat in Rhode Island?
The following fees apply to boat titling in Rhode Island: • Initial Title fee $25.00 • Bank Lien Fee $15.00 in addition to title fee • Dupl Title/Transfer Fee $5.00
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat title in Rhode Island?
A duplicate boat title in Rhode Island costs $5.00, or $20.00 for duplicate with Bank Lien
How much does it cost to transfer a boat title in Rhode Island?
It will cost you $5 to transfer a boat title in Rhode Island
How much does it cost to record a lien on a boat in Rhode Island?
Recording a lien in Rhode Island will cost you $15
Does Rhode Island issue e-titles for boats?
Rhode Island does not issue e-titles for boats.
Does Rhode Island require boat inspections?
If there are questions regarding the HIN or vessel length, the boat will require an inspection in Rhode Island
Does Rhode Island have an annual tax on boats?
Rhode Island does not have an annual tax on boats.
Helpful Links for Rhode Island:
Boating Safety Topics- Rhode Island -Department of Environmental Management Boating Registration- Rhode Island -Department of Environmental Management

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