How to Register a Boat
To lawfully administer the use of most watercraft upon New Jersey waterways, one must obtain registration with the state. Vessels exempt from the requirement is as follows:
- Vessels not mechanically propelled by a motor:
- Vessels under a total length of 12 feet, canoes, kayaks, surfboards, rowboats and/or inflatable floating objects.
- Vessels mechanically propelled by a motor:
- Vessels currently registered in another state with visible decals in place to be utilized for a time period of lesser than 180 days.
- Vessels properly registered in another country with viewable markings to display identification to be utilized for a time period of lesser than 180 days.
- Designated lifeboats.
- Vessels that are the property of the federal or state governments.
In addition to boat registration obligation, any watercraft with a length of 12 feet and over must be titled with the State of New Jersey with the exception of:
- Canoes, kayaks, surfboards, rowboats, lifeboats and/or inflatable floating objects.
In order to establish official registration for a vessel, the boat must have an assigned hull identification number. If the watercraft does not present one, a number must be granted via inspection by visiting a local New Jersey Marine Services Bureau facility prior to registration application. Upon reception of a valid hull identification number, you can then attend the nearest New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commision location with the following procured filings to register:
- A filled New Jersey Application for Certificate of Title for Vessel (Form BA-51).
- When registering newly purchased boats:
- Manufacturer’s certificate of origin.
- Receipt of sale.
- When registering used boats purchased from a private party:
- Correctly reassigned title or prior registration if coming from a non-titling state.
- An officially notarized Bill of Sale.
- Identification of the name, address, and EIN for the lienholder, should the boat be financed.
- A confirmed form of payment for all associated taxes and fees.
How to Complete the Form
Step 1 – Aquire the Bill of Sale Adobe PDF by clicking the link to download.
Step 2 – Specify the agreed-upon purchase price on the first blank line.
Step 3 – Buyer/Seller Information – Type in the necessary information related tot he buyer and the seller involved in the exchange as follows:
- Zip Code
Step 4 – Description of Vessel – Complete the requested information regarding the identification of the watercraft:
- Hull ID Number
- Registration Number
- Title Number
- Motor Model
- Year (of Motor)
- Odometer Reading (in hours)
Step 5 – Description of Trailer – In the instance, that boat comes along with a boat trailer, submit the information for the said trailer as follows:
- Serial Number
Step 6 – Should there be an active claim on the vessel, utilize the provided space to describe the loan or lien in detail.
Step 7 – Once you have completed the form, you can then endorse and date the document with help from a supervising notary official. They can then finalize the paperwork as needed.