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Arizona Boat Registration Summary

          Arizona boat registration summary presents an overview of boat titling, registration, loan perfection, and operational requirements for the State of Arizona. More detailed information, forms, guidelines, and other resources are obtainable by downloading our boat registration kit for this state. You will also find an extensive listing of supplemental boat, trailer, and outboard motor titling or registration forms on our forms page.

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Arizona Boat Registration
Arizona Boat Registration
Game & Fish Department

Boat Registration Statistics There are approximately 125,646 boats registered in the State of Arizona. This accounts for 1.0% of all nationwide registrations.
Registration Numbering The boat registration number prefix for Arizona is "AZ".
Registration Agency Arizona Game and Fish Department, Watercraft Division.
Registration Requirements Arizona requires registration for all motorized boats. Non-motorized boats and Coast Guard documented vessels are exempt from registration.
Title Requirements Arizona does not issue boat titles, this is a registration only state.
Conditional Registrations Arizona does not have bonding provisions for registering a boat without sufficient proof of ownership. Such transactions are handled on a case-by-case basis by the Watercraft Division.
Abandoned Boats Arizona has provisions for registering abandoned boats in the possession of a towing company. Boats abandoned on private property are handled on a case-by-case basis.
State Tax Requirements Boats are exempt from use tax when purchased from an individual. Sales or use tax is due if purchased from a dealer or broker. These rules apply regardless of the state in which the vessel is purchased.
Loan Perfection A security interest on a non-documented boat in Arizona is perfected with a UCC financing statement. If the vessel is Coast Guard documented, a preferred vessel mortgage must be recorded with the National Vessel Documentation Center.
Residency Requirements Non-residents may apply for a registration if the boat is located within the State of Arizona.
Registration Records Arizona boat registration records are maintained indefinitely. Detailed information on how to obtain verbal and written reports can be found in our boat registration kit for this state.
Co-owner designations. Co-owners are designated on Arizona boat registration certificates by one of the following:  "and" - "or" -  "and / or".
Hull Inspection The boat must be inspected by an Arizona law enforcement official if there is a discrepancy in the hull identification number.
Reporting Requirements You should file a report with the Arizona Fish and Game within 15 days of relinquishing ownership.
Outboard Motors Arizona does not issue titles or registrations for outboard motors.
Boat Trailers Titles and registrations are required for boat trailers in Arizona.
Notary Regulations A notary seal is required on all documents acknowledged by an Arizona notary.
Visitation Period Boats that are Coast Guard documented or registered in another state are allowed a visitation period of 90 days.

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