Other Facts About Titling and Registering Your Vessel
All vessels which 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.
- 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.Registration Questions? Call the Metropolitan Police Department, Harbor Patrol Unit at 202-727-4582. You also can visit the website at http://mpdc.dc.gov/page/harbor-patrol-original