2013 New York Safe Boating Textbook - (Page 11)

REGISTRATION OF BOATS There is a nationally recognized system for identifying boats, much as there is for automobiles. The Federal Numbering Act of 1918 instituted a system for the federal government to number all boats that were not documented by the US Coast Guard, which at that time, documented only large commercial boats. The Federal Safe Boating Act of 1958 transferred this responsibility to the states, and requires the states to number all the motorboats within their borders and maintain ownership records for the boats. Registration information assists authorities in identifying a boat that has been abandoned, stolen, recovered, or involved in an accident. Boat registration information also provides statistics about how people boat, who boats, why they boat and where they boat. This is useful information which helps New York State to allocate resources to preserve and protect our waterways and ensure that boaters have access to them. Boats Subject to Registration Requirement Every type of motorized craft that is capable of being used as a means of transportation on the water must be registered whether the purpose is recreational or commercial. Motorized boat tenders—boats that are used to ferry people or supplies between boats or between a larger boat and the shore—must be registered. Watercraft without a motor need not be registered. However, if you use a motor (electric or fuel-driven) on a canoe or sailboat, no matter how small the craft or the motor, you must register your boat. There are only very limited exceptions to the registration requirement. Boats that have a US Coast Guard document and that are being used as tugboats, ferries, steamships, or for other commercial purposes need not have a New York State registration. Similarly, boats used only for racing need not be registered in New York. If a boat is registered in another state and will not be in New York for more than 90 consecutive days, it need not be registered in New York. A boat owner from a foreign country who is using New York waterways temporarily need not register the boat. A boat that is owned by a government agency or subdivision of a government agency is exempt from New York State registration. Finally, lifeboats need not be registered. Registration Procedure The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issues boat registrations. You must submit a completed Form MV-82B, “Application For Boat Registration,” at your local DMV office. Be sure to have proof of identity and a bill of sale for the boat and proof of payment of sales tax. Boat registrations are currently valid for three years. Before your 11 3 registration expires, the DMV will send a notice in the mail indicating that it is time to renew the registration. Fees for boat registration depend on the size of the boat. In addition, there is a surcharge to develop a fund for enhancing boating access across New York. The amount of the surcharge also will vary with the size of the boat. Boat Length Less than 16’ 16’ to less than 26’ More than 26’ You can find office locations, registration information, and contact information for DMV in your area at www. dmv.ny.gov. Once you’ve registered your boat federal law requires you to keep the original registration on the boat, in the event you must produce it at the request of a law enforcement officer. A photocopy is not acceptable. Your boat’s registration will be a series of numbers and letters. You must display your boat’s registration properly so that it is visible on the forward part of the port and starboard sides of the boat when read left to right. The registration must be at least three inches in height, so that it is visible at 100 ft, and it must be a color that contrasts with the hull color to enhance visibility. There should be a space or dash between the letters and numbers: NY 1234 XY or NY-1234-XY. Fee $22.50 $45.00 $75.00 Surcharge $3.75 $12.50 $18.75 3 http://www.dmv.ny.gov http://www.dmv.ny.gov

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of 2013 New York Safe Boating Textbook

2013 New York Safe Boating Textbook
Boats and Motors
Registration of Boats
Fueling and Ventilation
Safe Loading and Powering
Preparation for Getting Underway
The Marine Environment
Rules of the Road
Boat Operations
Personal Watercraft
Boating Related Activities
Accidents and Emergencies
Frequently Asked Questions
Chapter Review Questions Answers

2013 New York Safe Boating Textbook