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Here are some additional facts about titling and registering your vessel.

  • Vessels propelled by a motor (including gasoline, diesel, and electric motors) and sail-powered vessels over 18 feet in length must be titled.
  • A Certificate of Number expires every three years.
  • The owner of a vessel must notify the agency that issued the Certificate of Number within 15 days if:
    • The vessel is sold, destroyed, abandoned, lost, or stolen
    • The owner’s address changes
    • The certificate of number is lost or destroyed
  • If you lose or destroy your Certificate of Number or decal, you must apply to Virginia DWR for a duplicate.
  • Larger recreational vessels may be documented (registered) by the USCG. Call the USCG at 1-800-799-8362 for more information.
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