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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. More detailed information, forms, guidelines, and other resources are obtainable by downloading our boat registration kit for this state. You will also find an extensive listing of supplemental boat, trailer, and outboard motor titling or registration forms on our forms page.

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New York Boat Registration
New York Boat Registration
Department of Motor Vehicles

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 Agency State of New York - Department of Motor Vehicles
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.
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 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 record search. Boat records are purged after 4 years of inactivity. 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 applies to all boat transactions in New York.
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.
Ownership Designations New York does not recognize joint ownership designations.
Residency Requirements Non-residents may obtain titles if the boat is located in the State of New York.
Hull Inspection The hull identification number must be inspected by a law enforcement official if there is a discrepancy.
Outboard 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 Dealers must handle the titling and registration of all boats 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.
Visitation Period A visitation period of 90 days is allowed for boats that are Coast Guard documented, foreign titled, or registered in another state.

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