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Virginia Boat Registration / Title Forms and FAQ

Virginia Frequently Asked Questions

Virginia Registration and Title Information
Summary of boat registration and titling rules in Virginia
How do you register a boat in Virginia?
In Virginia, you can register your boat online by completing an application and making payment, than mailing the supporting documentation in (title, statement of origin, etc...)
Where do you register your boat in Virginia?
In Virginia, you register your boat at the Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF)
What boats are required to be registered in Virginia?
The following boats are required to be registered in Virginia: Any watercraft propelled by a motor and used on public waters
What boats do not require registration in Virginia?
Non-powered, boats used on private waters are not required to be registered in Virginia
Are USCG documented boats required to be registered in Virginia?
USCG documented boats are not required to be registered in Virginia
How much does it cost to register a boat in Virginia?
To register a boat in Virginia, the fees are as follows: • Title - $10 • Duplicate Title - $7 • Supplemental Lien/Transfer Lien - $10 • Change of Motor - $7 • Registration of boat less than 16 feet in length - $32 • Registration of boat 16 to less than 20 feet in length - $36 • Registration of boat 20 to less than 40 in length - $42 • Registration of boat 40 feet in length of longer - $50 • Duplicate Registration and decals (all lengths) - $14
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat registration in Virginia?
A duplicate boat registration in Virginia costs $9.00 (includes decal as they are on the same carrier)
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat decal in Virginia?
A duplicate boat decal in Virginia costs $9.00 (includes registration as they are on the same carrier)
How much does it cost to transfer a boat registration in Virginia?
Boat registration transfers are treated as new registrations in Virginia
Does Virginia title boats?
Boats are titled in Virginia
Where do you title your boat in Virginia?
In Virginia, boats are titled through the Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF)
What boats are required to be titled in Virginia?
All motorboats and sail only vessels over 18 feet are required to be titled in Virginia
What boats do not require a title in Virginia?
The following boats are exempt from titling in Virginia: Amphibious vessels if titled with DMV, Documented vessels, barges
How much does it cost to title a boat in Virginia?
The following fees apply to boat titling in Virginia: • Titling fee: $7.00 • Duplicate Title: $2:00 • Supplemental Lien : $7.00 • Motor change: $2.00
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat title in Virginia?
A duplicate boat title in Virginia costs $2
How much does it cost to transfer a boat title in Virginia?
It will cost you $7 plus 2% water tax to transfer a boat title in Virginia
How much does it cost to record a lien on a boat in Virginia?
Recording a lien in Virginia will cost you $7
Does Virginia require boat inspections?
Virginia does not require an inspection to register a boat.
What is the sales tax rate for boats in Virginia?
The sales tax rate on boats in Virginia is 2%
What is the sales tax cap for boats in Virginia?
In Virginia, the sales tax cap is $2000
Does Virginia have an annual tax on boats?
Virginia has an annual personal property tax on boats.
Helpful Links for Virginia:
Forms | Virginia DWR Boat Registration & Titling | Virginia DWR

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