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Indiana law requires owners of vessels that are operated, used, docked, or stored in Indiana to pay the boat excise tax.

  • Vessels subject to excise tax include:
    • Motorboats registered in Indiana
    • Sailboats
  • The amount of boat excise tax paid:
    • Is based on the value of the vessel when new and is reduced 10% each year up to a 50% reduction of the original amount.
    • Is a set fee for vessels that are stored in Indiana for 60 consecutive days or more in a boating year but are not used or docked in Indiana waters.
  • When you receive your certificate of registration, you also receive two excise tax decals.
  • Decals include the date of expiration. Only the current decals may be displayed.
  • The boat excise tax decals are valid for one year. Owners of registered vessels will be sent a renewal notice to their residence automatically.
  • If you lose or destroy your decals, you must apply to the BMV for duplicates and submit a processing fee.