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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. Additional boat registration and titling resources can be found by visiting our Registration page as shown in the above menu selections. Boat registration services, supplemental forms, and historical research data  are also available from our Services, Forms, and Database pages.

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BoatRegistration Agency Arizona Boat RegistrationState of Arizona
Game and Fish Department

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Boat Registration Statistics There are approximately 125,646 boats registered in the State of Arizona. This accounts for 1.0% of all nationwide registrations.
Boat Registration Numbering The boat registration number prefix for Arizona is "AZ".
Boat Registration Requirements Arizona requires registration for all motorized boats. Non-motorized boats and Coast Guard documented vessels are exempt from registration.
Boat Title Requirements Arizona does not issue boat titles, this is a registration only state.
Conditional Boat 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.
Boat  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.
Boat 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.
Boat Residency Requirements Non-residents may apply for a registration if the boat is located within the State of Arizona.
Boat Registration Records Boat registration records in Arizona are administered by The Game and Fish Department. This agency facilitates record lookups in their online renewal system, but only if the boat registration number and birth date of the primary owner or renewal number are known. They will also check their database by telephone for a hull identification number or verify a registration certificate if you have it in hand. Record print-outs are not available from this state, even for an owner. Arizona boat registration records are maintained indefinitely.
Boat Owner Designations Co-owners are designated on Arizona boat registration certificates by one of the following:  "and" - "or" -  "and / or".
Boat Hull Inspection The boat must be inspected by an Arizona law enforcement official if there is a discrepancy in the hull identification number.
Boat Reporting Requirements You should file a report with the Arizona Fish and Game within 15 days of relinquishing ownership.
Outboard Boat 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.

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