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All boats five net tons or more that meet the criteria of a commercial boat as defined by the US Coast Guard must be federally documented. However, pleasure yachts five net tons or more are not required to be federally documented; it is at the option of the owner(s).
If you are in the process of documenting your boat with the US Coast Guard, our office can issue you a temporary registration, which includes an FL number and a decal for use while awaiting your official documentation with the US Coast Guard. In order to receive an FL number and decal, you will need to be present with a state-issued license or ID card and provide a letter or postcard from the US Coast Guard that proves your application has been filed and is pending approval. Fees will be due based on the length of the boat and how you will be using it (i.e., commercial or pleasure purposes).
Once you recieve your official documentation papers, you will need to return to our office with your temporary registration, official documentation papers and your state-issued license or ID card. Our office will issue you a regular registration based on the use of your boat (i.e., commercial or pleasure) for approximately $4.25.
If your boat is already documented in another state, just bring in your official documentation papers from the US Coast Guard along with your state-issued license or ID card. (Note: All persons named as owners on the documentation papers must be present with identification.) Complete a non-titled vessel registration application, then we can issue you a registration and decal. Fees will be due based on the length of the boat and how you will be using it (i.e., commercial or pleasure puposes). If documented in your name(s) less than 6 months, sales tax may be applicable unless you can prove that you paid a sufficient amount already in your previous state. If this is the case, be prepared to present a dealer's invoice or other official statement that itemizes the sales tax paid.