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Vessel Registration Requirements

Requirements for vessel registration vary from state to state. In Pennsylvania, you must have a Pennsylvania Certificate of Boat Registration and validation decals to operate motorboats legally on public waters. In addition, unpowered vessels using Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) lakes, state parks, or access areas must be registered or have a launch permit issued by the PFBC or the Bureau of State Parks.

The Certificate of Boat Registration and validation decals are obtained by submitting the proper application and fee to any authorized agent or to:

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
Licensing and Registration Section
P.O. Box 67000
Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000

Fees for registration are based on a vessel’s length and type of propulsion.

Pennsylvania Certificate of Boat Registration
The Certificate of Boat Registration (registration card) must be on board and available for inspection by an enforcement officer whenever the vessel is operated.