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No person is permitted to sell, purchase, or otherwise acquire any of the following without a certificate of title:

  • An outboard motor of 10 horsepower or greater
  • A watercraft 14 feet or greater in length
  • A watercraft less than 14 feet in length with a permanently affixed mechanical means of propulsion of 10 horsepower or greater

Watercraft exempt from this requirement are:

  • Vessels documented by the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Canoes and kayaks
  • Watercraft less than 14 feet in length without a permanently affixed mechanical means of propulsion of 10 horsepower or greater
  • Boats visiting from other countries
  • A ship's lifeboat
  • Boats owned by government agencies
  • An outboard motor of less than 10 horsepower

If a titled boat is sold by an individual (a casual sale), the seller must complete the transfer section on the back of the title in the presence of a notary public before presenting it to the buyer. The buyer must take the title to a county title office to complete the transfer.

Note: Some watercraft listed above may not have needed a title when originally purchased. Prior to selling one of these watercraft, the owner must apply to a county title office and obtain a title. These include:

  • Watercraft 14 feet or longer or outboard motors of 10 hp or more purchased on or before October 9, 1963
  • Watercraft less than 14 feet long with a permanently affixed mechanical means of propulsion of 10 horsepower or greater and purchased before January 1, 2000