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It's the Law

Other Facts About Vessel Registration


Arizona is a non-title state.

Vessel registration is staggered, similar to motor vehicle registration. The color and date on the registration decals indicate when the registration expires.

The application for transfer of ownership must be made within 15 days of purchase.

If you change your address, you must notify the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) within 15 days either in writing or online at: www.azgfd.gov/watercraft.

If you purchase a numbered vessel or if your watercraft is sold, stolen, lost, destroyed, or abandoned, you must report it to the AZGFD within 15 days.

If you lose or destroy your Certificate of Number or decal, you must apply in person or online to the AZGFD for a duplicate.

Vessels registered in another state or country may operate on Arizona waters for 90 consecutive days before Arizona registration and numbering are required.

Under federal and state laws, you must register your watercraft in the state of principal use. If your watercraft is used more often in Arizona waters than your state of residence, then you must register your watercraft in Arizona.

Larger recreational vessels owned by U.S. citizens may (at the option of the owner) be documented by the USCG. Call the USCG at 1-800-799-8362 for more information.

Vessel Registration Fees

An annual registration fee is required for each motorized vessel, including those with electric motors. The fees are as follows.

Resident

Length of Watercraft Registration Fee
0 to 12 ft. $20.00
12 ft. 1 in. to 16 ft. $22.00
16 ft. 1 in. to 20 ft. $30.00
20 ft. 1 in. to 26 ft. $35.00
26 ft. 1 in. to 39 ft. $39.00
39 ft. 1 in. to 64 ft. $44.00
64 ft. 1 in. and over $66.00

Non-Resident

Length of Watercraft Registration Fee *NBSIF Fee Total
0 to 12 ft. $20.00 $80.00 $100.00
12 ft. 1 in. to 16 ft. $22.00 $88.00 $110.00
16 ft. 1 in. to 20 ft. $30.00 $192.00 $222.00
20 ft. 1 in. to 26 ft. $35.00 $224.00 $259.00
26 ft. 1 in. to 39 ft. $39.00 $253.00 $292.00
39 ft. 1 in. to 64 ft. $44.00 $286.00 $330.00
64 ft. 1 in. and over $66.00 $429.00 $495.00
Duplicate Certificate of Number $8.00
Late Registration Penalty $5.00

*In addition to the watercraft registration fees, non-residents must pay the Non-Resident Boating Infrastructure Fee (NBSIF). The NBSIF is used to pay for boating safety, law enforcement, and emergency response and to fund improvements to public launch ramps, public piers, restrooms, parking areas, picnic areas, and other similar facilities.