2018 New York State Boater's Guide - 10
Some larger vessels owned by U.S. citizens may be documented with the U.S. Coast Guard. In New York, all documented
pleasure vessels must apply for registration and display the appropriate validation stickers. The Department of Motor Vehicles
will not issue a title or a number to a documented vessel, however
you will receive a registration certificate and a set of validation
stickers. Registration fees and taxes are paid at time of registration.
The Department of Motor Vehicles issues titles to all 1987 model
year and newer vessels which are at least 14 feet in length. The
title is your clear proof of ownership which must be surrendered to
a new owner at time of transfer. If your vessel is less than 14 feet,
then the registration certificate serves as the proof of ownership
and must be signed over to a new owner.
How Do I Register My Boat?
Simply complete Motor Vehicle's form MV-82B (application for
registration), have the appropriate registration fee, provide proof
of ownership, proof of payment of sales tax (may be paid to Motor
Vehicles at time of registration), along with a bill of sale and you're
all set. If this is a new boat, or a vessel being registered for the first
time, you will also need to bring the original certificate, or statement, of origin from the manufacturer with you to the Department
of Motor Vehicles.
Proof of Ownership
Acceptable proofs of ownership area as follows:
1. A manufacturer's statement or certificate of origin (MSO or MCO).
2. A N.Y.S. or out-of-state title.
3. A N.Y.S. or out-of-state transferable registration.
4. A marine document.
5. A statement of ownership for non-titled vehicles (MV-51B)
Any transfer information must be properly completed. Proof of
ownership must be accompanied by the bill of sale which contains
both the seller's and purchaser's names; a description of the boat
including hull identification number (HIN); year, make and length;