Register a new vehicle or boat | CT.gov (2023)

How do I register a documented vessel?
Documented vessels can only be registered in-person at a DMV hub or branch office. Visit a DMV Hub or Limited Service Office with the documents and fees listed below.

  • Submit a copy of the Coast Guard Final Documentation Paper.
  • Provide a Bill of Sale (form H-31).
  • Include the 12 digit hull number.
  • Complete Vessel Registration Application (form B-148). Download this form, fill out online and print. Please reference form B220.
  • Sales tax is due if not already paid.
  • The Registration Feeis determined by the length of the vessel.
  • Note: If the vessel is in the process of being documented, CT numbers will have to be assigned until the final documentation is received.

Does Connecticut title vessels?
Effective January 1, 2016, Connecticut will title vessels with the model year of 2017 and newer. For a list of vessels exempt from title requirements, please download this document.

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What is the cost for a title?
If a vessel title is needed, the cost is $25 and $10 for the lien, as applicable.

Are personal watercraft, such as jet skis, required to be registered?
Personal watercraft, such as jet skis, are registered in the same manner as vessels - learn more.

Are there any special requirements needed for operating personal watercraft, such as a jet ski?
Personal watercraft, such as jet skis, are registered in the same manner as a vessel or boat—learn more. Additionally, you must have a Certificate of Personal Watercraft of Operation from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Do I need to register a vessel or boat that’s less than 19.5 feet in length if it’s powered without the use of a motor (e.g., a sailboat powered by sail alone)?
No, vessels and boats not powered by any motor are exempt from registration.

Do I need to register a vessel or boat that’s less than 19.5 feet in length if it’s powered/propelled solely by oar or paddle?
No, those types of vessels and boats are exempt from registration—except for a canoe with a motor, which is charged a $7.50 registration fee.

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My vessel has been registered with CT numbers and I now have my documentation paper. What do I do?
A Vessel Registration Application (form B-148) must be completed and submitted with the current registration certificate, including the CT numbers listed, and a copy of the document.
A fee of $3 will be charged if registered for the current year. Otherwise, the Registration Feeis determined by the length of the vessel.

I’m an out-of-state resident with a current out-of-state registration on my boat and will be using it on Connecticut waters. What do I need to do to use my water vessel here?
You have up to 60 days in a calendar year to use the vessel in Connecticut before you need to apply for a certificate of decal.

How do I get a copy of my last registration, bill of sale, proof of sales tax paid or a copy of an original application?
All inquiries are sent to the Marine Vessel Section (60 State Street, Wethersfield, CT 06161). Fees are as follows:

  • Copy of Application to Register - $20
  • Copy of a Bill of Sale - $20
  • File information - $20
  • Complete Search of Each Vessel - $20 plus $20 per copy
  • Certified Copies - additional $20

How do I request an "invitation to renew" for my vessel registration?
You may call the DMV’s call center or write to the DMV Marine Vessel Unit at the address below. You’ll need to provide your vessel number.

  • Mailing address:
    Department of Motor Vehicles
    Marine Vessel Section
    60 State Street
    Wethersfield, CT 06161
  • Call center:
    860-263-5700 (within the Hartford area or outside Connecticut)
    800-842-8222 (elsewhere in Connecticut)

I received an invitation to renew a registration on a vessel I no longer own. What should I do?
Please return the required portion of your renewal invitation to the DMV Marine Vessel Unit at the address below or change of address can be done online also. Include a note indicating the name of who you sold the vessel to, or, if you don’t know the name of the person you sold the vessel to, please indicate “person unknown.”

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  • Mailing address:
    Department of Motor Vehicles
    Marine Vessel Section
    60 State Street
    Wethersfield, CT 06161

I’m selling my vessel and have purchased another. Can I get credit for the fee I paid on the previous vessel registration applied to the new registration?
You can get credit for the fee paid on the previous vessel if that vessel has been sold, traded, destroyed, or stolen prior to the time of registering the new vessel. Please note:

  • You must submit the registration certificate indicating the status of the old vessel.
  • The registration fee on the current registration will be applied towards the registration fee for the new vessel, plus any additional amount if the new vessel is larger.
  • An additional $1 fee will be applied to the final total.

How do I register a previously repossessed vessel?
Vessel registration can only be completed in-person at a DMV hub or branch office. You can make an appointment online.

Bring the following to your appointment:

  • Completed affidavit of repossession (Form H-30), along with a Bill of Sale (Form H-31). Be sure to provide the name of the previous owner and prior registration numbers.
  • Completed application for vessel registration (Form B-148).
    • Note: Sales tax must be paid.
  • An acceptable form of paymentfor the registration fee, which is determined by the length of the vessel. See fee schedule chartfor details.
  • An acceptable form of identification, such as a driver’s license or U.S. passport, for each person listed as an owner of the vessel.

How do I register a vessel that up until now has only been used as a row boat?
Vessel registration can only be completed in-person at a DMV hub or branch office. You can make an appointment online.
Bring the following to your appointment:

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  • Completed notarized ownership affidavit (Form B-203), specifying all required information.
  • Completed application for vessel registration (Form B-148).
  • An acceptable form of payment for the registration fee, which is determined by the length of the vessel. See fee schedule chart for details.
  • Connecticut numbers will assigned to the vessel as part of the registration process.
  • An acceptable form of identification, such as a driver’s license or U.S. passport, for each person listed as an owner of the vessel.

How do I register a vessel that I received as a gift?

  • A Gift Affidavit (form AU-463) must be submitted with a Vessel Registration Application (form B-148).
  • Provide the prior registration number if the vessel has been registered previously.
  • The Registration Feeis determined by the length of the vessel.

How do I register a vessel that was previously registered to a now deceased person?

  • Complete the Vessel Registration Application (Form B-148).
  • Provide the previous owners registration certificate.
  • A Supplemental Assignment of Ownership/Bill of Sale (form Q-1) assigning ownership, with the executor or executrix of the estate signing as seller.
  • A certified Probate Certificate (form PC-450 or PC-212B) naming the Administrator or Executor of the estate.

How do I register a vessel that doesn't have a hull number?

  • Complete the Vessel Registration Application (form B-148) and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Application for Hull Number (form EPB-502).
  • A temporary registration will be issued until DEP checks the vessel and assigns the number.
  • Vessels built prior to 1973 do not require a hull number.

How do I register a vessel I have just finished building?

  • You must provide a Notarized Ownership Affidavit (form B-203), indicating that the vessel is homemade.
  • The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Application for Hull Identification Number (form EPB-502) must be completed.
  • A temporary registration will be issued until DEEP checks the boat and assigns the hull number.

What should I do if I observe suspicious activities?

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  • Call the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 or 877-24WATCH.
  • If there’s immediate danger to life or property, call 911.

How is sales tax calculated on vessels?
The sales tax will be 6.35% of the purchase price for vessels and trailers used for transporting a vessel with a purchase date before July 1, 2018. Vessels and trailers used for transporting a vessel with a purchase date on or after July 1, 2018, will be charged a tax rate of 2.99 percent.

Can I register or renew my boat if I owe property tax on a motor vehicle?
No, you won’t be able to register or renew your water vessel registration if you are delinquent on motor vehicle property tax. Learn more about compliance issues and how to resolve them so you can register your vessel.

FAQs

Can you register your boat online in CT? ›

There are three ways to renew the registration of your vessel (i.e., boats or other water vessels): Online. In person. By mail.

How do I register a boat in CT? ›

Registering your new vehicle or vessel (i.e., boat) is easy, but it can only be done by appointment at a DMV hub or branch office, or a participating dealership. Remember to bring all required documents and identification to your appointment, along with an acceptable form of payment.

Can I register a vehicle online in CT? ›

Residents who have registered their car in Connecticut previously can renew their registration online at the Department of Motor Vehicles website. Residents who recently moved to Connecticut have 60 days to register their car with the DMV.

How much does it cost to register a boat in CT? ›

Connecticut boat registration

A full fee schedule is available online. Fees range from $1.88 to $525. Any vessel less than 19 and 1/2 feet in length without any motor and is not a motorboat, such as a sailboat powered by sail alone, or is propelled solely by oar or paddle does not require registration.

Do I need insurance to register a boat in CT? ›

Short answer – you are not legally required to have your boat insured in Connecticut, but it is a good idea!

Do you have to register a documented boat in Connecticut? ›

All vessels must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Evidence of ownership must be submitted at the time of registration. Upon receipt of the application and fee, an identification number will be assigned and a certificate of number/registration will be issued along with two validation decals.

What is the sales tax on boats in CT? ›

2.99 percent

What do I need on my boat in CT? ›

All vessels 16 feet and over, except kayaks and canoes, must also carry a Type IV throwable device in addition to the required number of wearable life jackets. Navigation rules (part of Federal Law) require all vessels (including manually propelled vessels) to have audible signaling devices.

Does CT charge property tax on boats? ›

The law requires boat and aircraft owners to register them annually and pay a state-imposed registration fee. The boat registration fee is based on a boat's length and the aircraft fee on its gross weight. Boats and aircraft are exempt from local property taxes.

What do you need to register a vehicle in CT? ›

To register the vehicle you must provide the following:
  1. Application for registration and certification title.
  2. Current registration certificate and certificate of title if registering a used vehicle.
  3. Bill of sale.
  4. Current Connecticut insurance card.
  5. Identification, such as driver's license, learner's permit, or ID card.
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How do I get a CT registration? ›

Make an appointment at a DMV hub or branch office location. Be sure to bring your marker plate number and an acceptable form of payment for the $20 duplicate registration fee. You'll need to complete a request for a duplicate motor vehicle registration (Form B-341) and bring to your in-person appointment.

How long do you have to register a new car in CT? ›

Steps to Register a Vehicle in CT. All new CT residents have 90 days to transfer their vehicle registration to Connecticut.

Do boat trailers need to be registered CT? ›

A trailer for personal use, such as a boat trailer, utility trailer or snowmobile, is to be registered as a camp trailer. See information on registering a new or used manufactured trailer.

What size boat requires a license in CT? ›

Who Needs a Boating Certificate? To legally operate any boat with a motor, or a sailboat 19 1/2 feet in length or longer, residents of Connecticut, persons owning real property in Connecticut, or.

Do all trailers need to be registered in CT? ›

In Connecticut, a trailer for personal use (like a utility trailer, boat trailer, snowmobile trailer, or towed camper) is registered as a “camp trailer.” Whether it is new or used, the state requires that you file a completed trailer bill of sale with your registration materials.

What kind of insurance do you need for a boat? ›

Liability insurance is the minimum standard required by most states, banks, and marinas. The boat insurance professionals at trustedchoice.com recommend buying at least $1,000,000 in liability insurance.

Do boat owners need insurance? ›

Whether your boat is docked at a local marina or stored in your private boathouse, boat insurance can protect you from risks on the water. While boat insurance is not mandatory, it can cover damages, liability and other unforeseen events.

Do you need insurance for a motor boat? ›

It is recommended that you have at least third-party liability insurance. Third-party insurance will ensure that if you cause any accidental damage to other boats and people, said damages, injuries and even death will be covered financially.

Is a Certificate of documentation for a boat the same as a title? ›

Documentation is a form of registration through the US Coast Guard. This is a title for the vessel on the national (federal) level, as opposed to state titling. The Coast Guard's National Vessel Documentation Center grants Certificates of Documentation to eligible vessels.

Do boats have proof of ownership? ›

You will need to see a bill of sale from the owner of the boat to the boatyard, or something that is a proof of title to the boat for the yard selling it. Ideally, you would have something that shows the boat did indeed belong to the previous owner.

Can you live on a boat in Connecticut? ›

Approximately 100 people are now living year-round on boats in Connecticut waters, according to David Rossiter, harbor liaison officer with the state's Department of Transportation. They are scattered among the coves and marinas that dot the shore or river frontage of the state's 36 coastal communities.

How do I avoid taxes when buying a boat? ›

“All you have to do is register the boat outside of California and no tax is due,” one dealer told me. “If you register it anywhere outside of California the tax is avoided. That's the long and the short of it,” another said.

Can a boat be written off on taxes? ›

For federal tax purposes, a boat or a recreational vehicle can be either your main or secondary residence, entitling you to take advantage of the same tax deductions as a homeowner of a typical house.

Are boats a tax write off? ›

Boat as a Second Home Tax Deduction

A boat is considered a second home for federal tax purposes if it has a head (bathroom) a bed (sleeping berth) and a galley (kitchen). You'll need IRS Form 1098 to deduct the interest and also any points paid to secure a loan.

What do you need to do after buying a boat? ›

First-Time Boat Owner Checklist
  1. Secure boat insurance.
  2. Learn how to trailer your boat.
  3. Learn how to launch and retrieve your boat.
  4. Determine where you will store your boat.
  5. Understand basic maintenance requirements.
  6. Stock your boat with the proper equipment.
  7. Follow a pre-departure checklist.

Can you drink and drive a boat in CT? ›

No person may operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

What things must you have on a boat? ›

12 things you need on a boat
  • Life jackets or personal flotation devices (PFDs) A PFD is a life jacket that must be available for each person on board. ...
  • Registration and license paperwork. ...
  • Throwable flotation devices. ...
  • Fire extinguishers. ...
  • Visual distress signals. ...
  • Sound signaling devices. ...
  • VHF radio. ...
  • First-aid kit.

What makes a boat tax deductible? ›

A boat can qualify as a first or second home as long as it has sleeping accommodations (berth), a bathroom (head) and a kitchen (galley). You can take a mortgage interest deduction if your boat is financed and a home office deduction if you work from your boat. You'll need to do itemized taxes and file IRS Form 1098.

What boating licenses are accepted in CT? ›

WHO MUST HAVE CERTIFICATION?: Recreational boaters using Connecticut's waterways are required to have either a Safe Boating Certificate (SBC) or a Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation (CPWO) to operate a boat in Connecticut.

Are CT property taxes high? ›

Across Connecticut, the effective annual property tax rate stands at 1.73%, the fifth highest among states. For context, homeowners in the U.S. pay an average of 1.03% of their housing value in property taxes a year.

How much does it cost to register a vehicle in CT? ›

Registration Fees for the State of Connecticut

Standard Connecticut registration fees are as follows: Passenger vehicles: $120 for 3 years. Commercial vehicles: starting at $47 for 1 year.

Do you need a title to register in CT? ›

Vehicle title needed: Once you've established residency in Connecticut, you have 90 days to transfer your vehicle registration to this state. A leased vehicle registration requires an original Power of Attorney from the leasing company and the original Certificate of Title.

What do I need for a temporary registration in CT? ›

Getting your temporary registration
  1. Title Certificate of the former owner, which must show assignment of ownership. ...
  2. Bill of Sale (Form H-31).
  3. Application for registration and Certificate of Title (Form H-13B).
  4. Your current Connecticut Insurance Identification Card, which can be obtained from your insurance company.

Can you drive without registration in CT? ›

Don't get caught driving an unregistered vehicle

If you are caught driving an unregistered vehicle, you will be fined between $150 – $300, with the possibility of having your car impounded, until you show a valid registration.

How long is CT registration? ›

You must renew your vehicle's registration every 2 years, as required by the CT Department. The DMV sends registration renewal notices approximately 45 days before the expiration date.

Do I need an appointment to go to the DMV in Connecticut? ›

The CT DMV is open by appointment only.

How long before my new car is registered? ›

Registering your vehicle is simple and completely free. It takes up to 10 working days, so be sure to allow enough time before driving within the Low Emission Zone (LEZ).

Is there a grace period for car registration in CT? ›

You can renew online at that time, or up to 30 days after the expiration of your registration. However, there will be a $10 late fee applied to your registration if you renew five or more days after expiration.

How long are temporary plates good for in CT? ›

An in-transit registration will not be accepted for vehicle inspection at any Connecticut DMV and can't be renewed or transferred. The registration expires 30 calendar days from the issue date.

Does a trailer need its own number plate? ›

Car trailer number plates are required to adhere to DVLA regulations. However it is important that this trailer number plate matches the registration plate given to the vehicle that is towing the trailer.

Do I need a number plate on my trailer? ›

We often get asked “do you need a number plate on a trailer”, and simply put, yes, you must have a number plate for a trailer!

Can I put a trailer on my property in CT? ›

Recreational vehicles, campers, boat trailers and similar vehicles may be stored in the rear yard and at least 10 feet from all property lines. They must be owned or leased by the owner of the property that they are stored upon. A maximum of two such vehicles are allowed on a residential lot.

Can you register a boat online in CT? ›

Registering your new vehicle or vessel (i.e., boat) is easy, but it can only be done by appointment at a DMV hub or branch office, or a participating dealership.

Can you drive a boat without a license in CT? ›

If you are a Connecticut resident operating a registered boat of any kind you must possess a Safe Boating Certificate or Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation.

What is the largest boat you can operate without a captains license? ›

The USCG license isn't always required. If you are wondering, “What length of boat requires a captain's license?” The answer is this: If your vessel is less than 26 feet in length and doesn't require a mate, then you may be exempt from having a captain's license.

How much does it cost to register a boat and trailer in CT? ›

Connecticut boat registration

A full fee schedule is available online. Fees range from $1.88 to $525. Any vessel less than 19 and 1/2 feet in length without any motor and is not a motorboat, such as a sailboat powered by sail alone, or is propelled solely by oar or paddle does not require registration.

Can I register a homemade trailer in CT? ›

Inspection and registration

All homemade trailers are required to be inspected and a VIN assigned at a DMV Safety Inspection location. For registration information, please see requirements for the registration of a camp trailer.

How do you get a VIN number for a trailer? ›

Your local government will require specific forms, so contact your DMV or local transport authorities to see what you need to do to get a VIN on your trailer. Most forms can be found online on their website or picked up from their office. Get a VIN application form, complete it, and submit it to the right address.

Do you have to register a boat trailer in ct? ›

A trailer for personal use, such as a boat trailer, utility trailer or snowmobile, is to be registered as a camp trailer. See information on registering a new or used manufactured trailer.

Does ct charge property tax on boats? ›

The law requires boat and aircraft owners to register them annually and pay a state-imposed registration fee. The boat registration fee is based on a boat's length and the aircraft fee on its gross weight. Boats and aircraft are exempt from local property taxes.

What size boat requires a license in ct? ›

Who Needs a Boating Certificate? To legally operate any boat with a motor, or a sailboat 19 1/2 feet in length or longer, residents of Connecticut, persons owning real property in Connecticut, or.

Is there a tax on boats in ct? ›

Connecticut will cut its sales tax on marine vessels starting July 1, 2018. The sales tax rate will drop from 6.35 percent to 2.99 percent on vessels, motors and trailers.
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Can you register a trailer in CT with just a bill of sale? ›

In Connecticut, a trailer for personal use (like a utility trailer, boat trailer, snowmobile trailer, or towed camper) is registered as a “camp trailer.” Whether it is new or used, the state requires that you file a completed trailer bill of sale with your registration materials.

Do I need insurance to register a trailer in CT? ›

If you are using your trailer for personal use, CT law does not require trailer insurance. If you are using the trailer commercially or took out a loan to purchase it, you may be required to have coverage.

How long is a trailer registration good for in CT? ›

You must renew your vehicle's registration every 2 years, as required by the CT Department. The DMV sends registration renewal notices approximately 45 days before the expiration date.

Can you live on a boat in CT? ›

Approximately 100 people are now living year-round on boats in Connecticut waters, according to David Rossiter, harbor liaison officer with the state's Department of Transportation. They are scattered among the coves and marinas that dot the shore or river frontage of the state's 36 coastal communities.

How do I pay mass sales tax on a boat? ›

Filing Form ST-6 with MassTaxConnect is your fastest option. You do not log into your MassTaxConnect account if you have one. ​​​​​You can not pay sales or use tax with a credit card.

What is the import duty on boats? ›

Outboard motorboats: 1% Inflatable vessels: 2.4% Canoes: no duty. Rowboats/other vessels not designed for use with motors or sails: 2.7%

Are boats subject to capital gains tax? ›

While houses, boats and vehicles are included under the capital gains tax, so to, are items such as furniture and sporting equipment. Basically, any item that is sold for a profit, must be counted toward an individuals capital gain tax.

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