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Other Facts About Titling and Registration


In addition to registration, all motorized vessels and all sailboats over 12 feet in length must be titled.

A Certificate of Number is valid for three years and will expire on June 30 of the third year. Owners of vessels that have already been registered may be sent a renewal notice to their residence without action by the owner.

If you change your address, you must notify the Missouri Department of Revenue (MDOR) within 15 days of the change.

If a numbered vessel is lost, stolen, or abandoned, the owner should report it to local authorities and to the MDOR within 15 days of such event.

If you lose or destroy your Certificate of Number or decal, you must apply to the MDOR for a duplicate and submit a processing fee.

When registering your vessel, you must submit a paid personal property tax receipt or a statement of non-assessment from the previous year.

If the vessel is not listed on the tax receipt, the applicant must submit one of the following:

  • Corrected tax receipt that lists the vessel (if manually corrected, it must contain the county seal) or…
  • A letter signed by an authorized representative from the county tax collector’s office that contains the county seal and indicates that taxes have been paid on the specific vessel.

Schedule of Fees to Register and Title Your Vessel

If the transaction is a… Then your fee is…
New title for a vessel $7.50
New title for an outboard motor $5.00
Registration of a vessel
Class A $25.00
Class 1 $55.00
Class 2 $100.00
Class 3 $150.00
Registration of a motor $2.00
Transfer of title for a vessel $7.50
Transfer of title for a motor $5.00
Duplicate title for a vessel $8.50
Duplicate title for a motor $5.00
Title processing fee $2.50
Registration processing fee $3.50