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What is required to title and register a boat in Florida?
This answer has been viewed 14607 times and was last updated on 12/14/2021.
For information regarding Florida title transfers, read our Florida title transfer publication. For an estimate of fees, visit our motor vehicle fees page.
For additional general information regarding boat titles and registrations in Florida, read our boats general information publication. It contains information about boats, such as:
- Sales tax breaks when purchasing a "complete rig" (a boat and outboard motor) from the same seller
- Specific sales tax exemptions when titling a boat
- Title and registration exemptions
- Antique boat decals
- Documented boats with the U.S. Coast Guard
- Obtaining a duplicate Florida title for your boat
- What to do if you bought a boat that is titled in Florida and the seller lost the title
- How to transfer a new or used boat trailer into your name
- How to title and register a boat from out-of-state when that state does not issue titles for boats
- Changing the classification of your boat (e.g. pleasure, commercial)
- Where the FL number and decal need to be displayed on a boat
- Who to contact if you need to file a complaint against a boat dealer
Not a Manatee County resident? Out-of-county residents needing to process title and/or registration transactions for vehicles, boats, and mobile homes can only be served at First Manatee South County Tag Agency, located at 5756 14th Street West, Bradenton. For information, fee/service charges, hours of operation, holiday closures and to make an appointment (not required) visit: https://www.autotagagency.net/locations/florida/manatee-county/first-manatee-south-county-tag-agency-bradenton/.
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