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fer and the registration number of the vessel. To protect yourself
when transferring ownership of any vessel, you should remove
the validation stickers from the hull prior to turning the boat over
to the new owner. This will ensure that the new owner won't use
the vessel until it has been properly registered with Motor Vehicles
in his or her name.
Change of Address
The owner of any registered vessel must notify the Department
of Motor Vehicles within ten (10) days of a change in address. This
change should also be noted on the registration certificate.
If a boat is stolen, lost, abandoned, or destroyed, the owner
must notify the Department of Motor Vehicles in writing within 15
days. You should notify your local law enforcement agency and the
DMV Registration Records Bureau immediately if a lost or stolen
boat is recovered.
The Department of Motor Vehicles will send you a registration
renewal at the appropriate time. Check to see that all information
on the renewal is correct, then sign and return the renewal notice
along with the specified fee. If you don't hear from Motor Vehicles
within a couple of weeks prior to expiration, it is recommended
that you go down to a local Motor Vehicle office with your current
registration and renew in person.
New York's three year registration is amongst the least expensive in the northeast. Current fees are as follows: less than 16
feet - $22.50 registration fee and $3.75 surcharge ($26.25 total),
16 feet to less than 26 feet - $45.00 registration fee and $12.50
surcharge ($57.50 total), and 26 feet or longer - $75.00 registration
fee and $18.75 surcharge ($93.75 total). The surcharge goes to
a dedicated fund which supports improvements of vessel access
and transient marina facilities. Fifty percent of all registration fees
collected from boaters, are returned to the counties to support
local marine law enforcement efforts.
For additional Information please visit the Department of Motor
Vehicles website at: www.dmv.ny.gov