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Texas Boat Registration Summary

          Texas boat registration summary presents an overview of boat titling, registration, loan perfection, title search, and operational requirements for the State of Texas. 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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Texas Boat Registration
Texas Boat Registration

Boat Registration Statistics There are approximately 575,402 boats registered in the State of Texas. This accounts for 4.8% of all nationwide registrations.
Texas Boat Numbering The boat registration number prefix for Texas is "TX". Registration numbers must be displayed on all registered boats except those which are Coast Guard documented.
Boat Registration Agency Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Boat Registration Requirements Registration is required on all boats sailboats under 14 feet in length and non-motorized boats such as canoes, kayaks, punts, rowboats, and rubber rafts. Coast guard documented boats are also subject to registration. Registration certificates are renewed every 2 years in Texas.
Boat Title Requirements Titling is required on all registered boats in Texas, except those which are Coast Guard documented.
Bonded Boat Titling Texas has provisions for bonded boat titling.
Statutory Boat Liens Texas has provisions for titling or registering a boat subject to a storage, storage, or mechanic's possessory lien.
Boat Registration Records Boat registration records are maintained for 10 years in Texas.
State Boat Tax Sales tax applies to boat transactions in Texas.
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 Methods Co-owners may designate "rights of survivorship" when applying for a registration or title.
Boat Residency Requirements Owner residency is not required for registration, but the boat must be located within the State of Texas.
Bat Hull Number Inspections A hull inspection by a Texas law enforcement official is required if there is a discrepancy or for boats requiring a state assigned hull number.
Boat Reporting Requirements Transfers of ownership, abandonments, destructions, and thefts must be reported within 15 days.
Outboard Boat Motors All outboard motors, except electric trolling motors, are subject to titling, but not registration.
Boat Trailers Boat trailer registration is required in Texas. Titling is required for those weighing over 4,000 lbs. Titles are not available for those weighing less.
Notary Regulations Notary commissions are for 4 years, a $10,000 bond is required, and notary seals must be embossed or stamped in a manner that is photographically reproducible.
Boat Visitation Rules A visitation period of 90 days is allowed in Texas for boats that are Coast Guard documented, foreign titled, or registered in another state.
Boat Registration Resources Boat Registration Information
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Bonded Boat Title Information
Statutory Boat Lien Information
Add or Release a Boat Lien
Bonded Boat Title Request
Abandoned Boat Title Request
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State Boat Tax Information
Notary Public Information
State Boating Regulations
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