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 a
Boat Registration Kit
for this state. You will also find an extensive listing of general
purpose boat and trailer registration forms on our Forms
Please visit our
State page for additional
articles and information about registering or titling boats, trailers,
and outboard motors.
The information presented here is subject to change and should be
confirmed with the respective state agency.
approximately 131,665 boats registered in Arizona. This state
ranks 30th among nationwide boat registrations. This state ranks
51st among nationwide boat registrations.
registration number prefix for Arizona is "AZ".
and Fish Department, Watercraft Division.
registration for all motorized boats. Non-motorized boats
Guard documented vessels are exempt from registration.
not issue boat titles, this is a registration only state.
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.
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.
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.
may apply for a registration if the boat is located within the
State of Arizona.
registration records are maintained indefinitely. Detailed
information on how to obtain verbal and written reports can be
found in our
kit for this state.
designated on Arizona boat registration certificates by one of
the following: "and" - "or" - "and / or".
||The boat must
be inspected by an Arizona law enforcement official if there is a
discrepancy in the hull identification number.
file a report with the Arizona Fish and Game within 15 days of
not issue titles or registrations for outboard motors.
registrations are required for boat trailers in Arizona.
||A notary seal
on all documents acknowledged by an Arizona notary.
are Coast Guard documented or registered in another state are
a visitation period of 90 days.