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Indiana Certificate of Registration
  • Apply to any Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) License Branch to obtain a certificate of registration.
  • You must keep the certificate on board and available for inspection by an enforcement officer whenever the vessel is operated.
  • If your vessel requires registration, it is illegal to operate it or allow others to operate it unless it is registered and properly numbered.
  • If you lose or destroy your certificate of registration, you must apply to the BMV for a duplicate and pay a processing fee.
  • Registration information must be kept current.
    • If you change your address, you must notify a BMV License Branch within 30 days of the change.
    • If you transfer ownership of your vessel or if it is destroyed, you should report it to your local BMV License Branch within 15 days.
  • Larger recreational vessels owned by U.S. citizens may (at the option of the owner) be documented by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). Call the USCG at 1-800-799-8362 for more information. USCG–documented vessels also must be registered but are exempt from displaying the “IN” registration number.