About the Study Guide

You are looking at a preview of what’s in the timed Maryland Boat Ed Course. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Maryland Boating Safety Education Certificate.

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  • All vessels that require registration must be titled in Maryland also. A vessel will not be registered or have its registration renewed without a valid title. Payment of vessel excise tax on a vessel must accompany an application for a title.
  • A Certificate of Vessel Number is valid for two years and expires on December 31 of the calendar year following the year the certificate is issued.
  • The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) must be notified within 15 days of the sale, trade, or transfer of ownership of a registered vessel.
  • You must notify the MDNR within 15 days if your registered vessel is abandoned, lost, stolen, or destroyed.
  • If you lose or destroy your Certificate of Vessel Number or decals, you must apply for a duplicate and submit a processing fee.
  • A vessel's trailer must be registered with the Motor Vehicle Administration.
  • 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. Documented vessels must apply to the MDNR for "documented use" decals and pay vessel excise tax.

Registration Questions?

  • Call the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Licensing & Registration Central Service Center at 410-260-3220 or visit our website.
  • Vessel trailers are registered through the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. They can be reached at 1-800-950-1682.