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New York Boat Registration Summary

          New York boat registration summary presents an overview of boat titling, registration, loan perfection, and operational requirements for the State of New York. 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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Boat Registration Agency New York Boat RegistrationState of New York
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Boat Registration Statistics There are approximately 456,909 boats registered in the State of New York. This accounts for 3.8% of all nationwide registrations.
Boat Registration Numbering The boat registration number prefix for New York is "NY".
Registration Requirements Registration is required on all motorized boats in New York. Coast Guard documented boats are not exempt from registration. Registration certificates are renewed every 3 years.
Boat Title Requirements All registered boats 14' and longer which are newer than 1986 are subject to titling in New York. Coast Guard documented boats are exempt from titling.
Conditional Boat Registrations New York has no provisions for bonded titles where sufficient proof of ownership not otherwise available. However, conditional registrations may be issued at the Department of Motor Vehicle's discretion.
Electronic Titles New York does not employ electronic boat titles.
Boat Registration Records Boat registration records in New York are administered by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Boat ownership data is protected by non-disclosure privacy laws. If you need a print-out, it will be necessary to complete the above record request form and show cause for needing the information. Boat records are purged after 4 years of inactivity.
State Tax Requirements Sales tax applies to all boat transactions in New York.
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 New York does not recognize joint ownership designations.
Boat Residency Requirements Non-residents may obtain titles if the boat is located in the State of New York.
Boat Hull Number Inspection The hull identification number must be inspected by a law enforcement official if there is a discrepancy.
Outboard Boat Motors New York does not issue titles or registrations for outboard motors.
Boat Trailers Boat trailer registration is required in New York. Titles are issued on those weighing over 2,000 lbs.
Boat Dealers Boat dealers must handle the titling and registration of all their boats when sold to New York residents.
Notary Regulations Notaries in New York are commissioned for 4 years, no bonding is required, use of notary seals is optional.

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