Which Boats Require Registration?
Requirements for vessel registration vary from state to state. In Maryland, you must have a Certificate of Vessel Number (registration) and registration decals to operate a vessel legally on Maryland’s public waters. Exceptions to registration are:
- Vessels without any kind of mechanical propulsion (that is, vessels propelled only by sail or manually)
- Vessels properly registered in another state
- Vessels documented with the U.S. Coast Guard
If your vessel requires registration, it is illegal to operate it or allow others to operate your vessel unless it is registered and numbered.