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Missouri Boat Registration Summary

          Missouri boat registration summary presents an overview of boat titling, registration, loan perfection, and operational requirements for the State of Missouri. Additional boat registration and titling resources can be found by visiting our State 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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Missouri Boat Registration
Motor Vehicle Bureau

Boat Registration Statistics There are approximately 297,562 boats registered in the State of Missouri. This accounts for 2.5% of all nationwide registrations.
Boat Registration Numbering The registration number prefix for the State of Missouri is "MO". Although assigned to documented vessels, the numbers may not be displayed.
Boat Registration Agency The Department of Revenue's Motor Vehicle Bureau administers boat registration and titling in Missouri.
Boat Registration Requirements All motorized boats and any sailboats longer than 12 feet must be registered, including Coast Guard documented vessels. Exceptions are those propelled solely by paddle or oars (regardless of length), sailboats or sailboards less than 12 feet in length, or a ship's lifeboat used solely for lifesaving purposes.
Boat Title Requirements Titles are required for all registered boats that are not Coast Guard documented.
Bonded Boat Titles Missouri does not have provisions for bonded titles or conditional registrations where sufficient proof of ownership is not otherwise available. In this case, an award of ownership will be required from a court of proper jurisdiction.
Abandoned Boats Missouri has provisions for registering and titling abandoned boats.
Boat Registration Records Boat registration records in Missouri are administered by the Motor Vehicle Bureau. Public access to boat ownership information is protected by privacy laws in this state. Record printouts must be requested in writing with sufficient cause for needing the information.
State Tax Requirements Sales and personal property taxes apply to boat transactions in Missouri.
Boat Loan Perfection Security interests on non-documented boats which are state titled must be recorded on the state title records. On Coast Guard documented vessels, a preferred mortgage must be recorded on the vessel's abstract of title. A UCC financing statement must be filed if the boat is neither titled or documented.
Boat Ownership Designations Missouri designates "tenants in common" or "transfer on death" as joint ownership methods on boat registrations.
Boat Residency Requirements Non-residents may register a boat in Missouri if this is the state of principal usage.
Boat Reporting Requirements Transferred, abandoned, stolen, or destroyed boats must be reported to the Motor Vehicle Bureau within 15 days.
Boat Hull Number Inspection Required if there is a discrepancy with the hull number and on state hull number assignments.
Outboard Boat Motors Outboard motors, regardless of the horsepower and size, must be titled and registered in Missouri. Trolling motors are exempt from such requirements.
Boat Trailers Titles and registrations are required for boat trailers in Missouri.
Notary Regulations Missouri notaries must affix an embosser or inked stamp on all notarized documents.
Boat Dealer Licensing State licensing and bonding is required for boat dealers and brokers in Missouri.
Missouri Boating Directory Registration Information
Application for Boat Title / Registration
Other Boat Registration Forms
Abandoned Vessel Information
Boat Repossession Information
Sales & Use Tax Information
Notary Public Information
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