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Avoid standing in line, save gas and time ... renew online at renewexpress.com (subject to eligibility). You can also renew by mail, which costs less than renewing in person.
Will the Tax Collector send me a reminder to renew my boat registration/decal before it expires?
Typically, the month prior to the expiration month, our office will mail renewal notices to Manatee County residents. (Note: Most boats expire at midnight on the first registered owner's birthday. If owned by a business, the expiration date is June 30.) Renewal notices are mailed as a courtesy to facilitate renewal. However, it is the registered owner's responsibility to know their expiration date and renew on time, regardless if a renewal notice is received.
What is required to renew my boat?
Boats can be renewed up to 3-months prior to your expiration month and it's not necessary to wait for your reminder notice to renew. Proof of insurance is not required to be submitted to renew a boat or boat trailer.
How much will it cost to renew?
If you are within 3 months of your expiration month, you can verify the cost of your renewal at renewexpress.com.
Cost varies widely depending on the length of a boat and whether you choose to renew for 1 or 2 years. The longer the boat, the higher the registration cost. (Commercial vessels may be subject to an additional $50 charge, if the registered owner is not a Florida resident.) Refer to our motor vehicle fees page for more details.
There is not a late fee when renewing a boat registration. However, there is a late fee for a trailer registration and would cost an additional $5.00 on top of the standard renewal fees.