Other Facts About Titling and Registering Your Boat
Here are some additional facts about titling and registering your vessel.
- All vessels longer than 12 feet must be titled. All titled vessels must be registered. In New Jersey, all power vessels—regardless of length—must be registered.
- If the vessel is not titled, you will have to show proof of ownership to register it. Any documents accepted for titling are also acceptable for registration.
- When the owner of a vessel registered and numbered in New Jersey changes his or her address from what is on the registration card, he/she must notify the Motor Vehicle Commission in writing within seven days to give the new address.
- 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 also must obtain New Jersey registration and display a validation sticker on each side of the vessel in an area adjacent to the main steering station affixed to the vertical surface plainly visible at all times from both sides.