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Vessel Registration and Documentation Rules

State Requires Non-powered Vessels be Registered Requires Non-powered Vessels be Titled Requires USCG Documented Vessels be Registered Requires Vessels be Titled Requires Outboard Motors be Reg/Titled Requires Trailers be Reg/Titled
Alabama - AL NO NO YES NO NO NO
Alaska - AK NO NO YES YES > 24FT NO Reg Only
Arizona - AZ NO NO NO NO NO YES
Arkansas - AR NO NO NO YES -boats manf. on or after Jan 2020 NO YES
California - CF NO NO NO YES NO YES
Colorado - CL NO NO NO NO NO YES
Connecticut - CT NO NO YES YES - 2017 and newer NO YES > 3000lbs
Delaware - DL NO NO NO NO NO YES
District of Columbia - DC YES YES YES YES NO YES
Florida - FL NO NO YES YES NO Yes > 2000lbs
Georgia - GA NO NO YES YES beginning July 2020 YES as part of the bh boat reg/title Reg only
Hawaii - HA NO NO NO YES NO Reg only
Idaho - ID NO NO NO YES NO Yes > 2000lbs
illinois - IL NO NO YES YES (optional under 22ft) NO YES
Indiana - IN NO NO YES YES NO YES
Iowa - IA YES if > 12ft NO YES YES NO YES > 2000lbs
Kansas - KA NO NO YES NO NO YES > 2000lbs
Kentucky - KY NO NO NO YES NO YES
Louisiana - LA NO NO YES YES YES YES
Maine - ME NO NO NO NO NO YES > 3000lbs
Maryland - MD NO NO YES YES NO YES
Massachusetts - MS NO NO NO YES NO YES > 3000lbs
Michigan - MC NO NO YES YES NO YES > 2500lbs
Minnesota - MN YES > 10ft NO NO YES NO YES > 4000lbs
Mississippi - MI NO Optional NO Optional Optional YES > 5000lbs
Missouri - MO NO NO YES YES YES YES
Montana - MT NO NO NO YES NO YES
Nebraska - NB NO NO NO YES NO Reg only
Nevada - NV NO NO YES YES NO YES
New Hampshire - NH NO NO YES NO NO YES > 3000lbs
New Jersey - NJ NO NO YES YES NO YES > 2500lbs
New Mexico - NM NO NO NO YES NO YES
New York - NY NO NO YES YES NO YES > 1000lbs
North Carolina - NC NO NO YES YES NO YES
North Dakota - ND NO NO YES NO NO NO
Ohio, OH YES NO YES YES YES > 9hp YES > 4000lbs
Oklahoma - OK NO NO YES YES YES > 10hp NO
Oregon - OR NO NO YES YES NO YES > 1800lbs boat/trailer combined
Pennsylvania - PA NO unless used in state parks bh NO YES YES NO YES
Rhode Island - RI YES > 12ft YES > 14ft YES YES Reg only YES > 3000lbs
South Carolina - SC NO NO NO YES YES > 4hp No
South Dakota - SD NO if < 18ft NO YES YES NO YES
Tennessee - TN NO NO YES NO NO NO
Texas - TX YES > 14ft YES > 14ft YES YES YES YES > 4000lbs
Utah - UT NO NO YES YES YES > 25hp YES > 750lbs
Vermont - VT NO NO NO YES NO YES > 1500lbs
Virginia, VA NO NO Optional YES YES > 25hp on reg/title app YES
Washington - WA NO NO YES YES NO YES
West Virginia - WS NO NO NO YES NO YES
Wisconsin - WS NO NO YES YES NO YES > 3000lbs
Wyoming - WY NO NO YES YES NO YES

*Non-powered refers to canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, bh.

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