Other Facts About Titling and Registering Your Boat
- 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.
Call the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles at 609-292-6500 or 1-888-486-3339 (toll-free in NJ).