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Mississippi Boat Registration Summary

          Mississippi boat registration summary presents an overview of boat titling, registration, loan perfection, and operational requirements for the State of Mississippi. 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 page. Please visit our State page for additional articles and information about registering or titling boats and trailers.

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Mississippi Boat Registration
Mississippi Boat Registration
Department of Wildlife & Fisheries

Boat Registration Statistics There are approximately 156,743 boats registered in Mississippi. This state ranks 28th among nationwide boat registrations.
Registration Numbering The boat numbering prefix for Mississippi is "MI".
Registration Agency Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks.
Registration Requirements Registration is required on all  motorized boats and sailboats. Coast Guard documented boats are exempt from registration. Boat registration certificates renew every three years.
Title Requirements Boat titling is optional in Mississippi except for Coast Guard documented vessels which may not be titled.
Conditional Registrations Mississippi does not have provisions for bonded boat titles or conditional boat registrations where sufficient proof of ownership is not otherwise available. In these cases, an award of ownership from a court of proper jurisdiction will be required.
Boat Registration Records Boat registration records are maintained for eight years. Detailed information on how to obtain verbal and written reports can be found in our boat registration kit for this state.
State Tax Requirements Sales tax is levied on boat transactions in Mississippi.
Loan Perfection Security interests on non-documented boats that are state titled must be recorded on the state title which is then sent to the secured party. 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.
Ownership Designations Mississippi does not list joint ownership methods on boat registration records.
Residency Requirements Non-residents may acquire Mississippi titles and registrations if the boat is moored, housed, or garaged within the state.
Hull Inspection Boats must be inspected by a Mississippi law enforcement officer if there is a discrepancy with the hull identification number.
Reporting Requirements Ownership transfers, abandonments, destructions, and thefts must be reported to the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks within 15 days.
Outboard Motors Mississippi issues titles as an option for outboard motors.
Boat Trailers Registration is required for boat trailers in Mississippi. Titling is optional.
Notary Regulations Notaries serve 4 year terms, must post a $5,000 bond, and must affix an embossed or inked seal to all notarized documents.
Visitation Period A visitation period of 60 days is allowed for boats that are registered in another state, Coast Guard documented, or registered in a foreign country.

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