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Here are some additional facts about titling and registering your vessel.

  • All vessels that require registration must have a Certificate of Title issued by the Harbor Master before they can be registered.
  • The Certificate of Number expires on December 31 each year.
  • Owners of vessels who have applied for registration may operate the vessel for 30 days if they have evidence of the application on board the vessel.
  • The owner of a numbered vessel must notify the Harbor Master within 15 days if:
    • He or she changes address or...
    • The vessel is lost, stolen, recovered, destroyed, abandoned, or sold.
  • Vessels registered in another state may operate on District of Columbia waters for 50 consecutive days before District of Columbia registration is required.
  • If you lose or destroy your Certificate of Number, sticker, or title, you must apply to the Harbor Master for a duplicate and submit a processing fee.
  • 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. Documented vessels also must be registered in the District of Columbia and display the registration number and validation stickers.
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