Boats 14 ft and Over - Documents Required

  • Bill of Sale - Name, address and signature of the seller must be on the bill of sale.  See note 1 below
  • Title from the seller signed over to the new buyer (If the boat is documented with the US Coast Guard, a Deletion Letter is required.  You can contact the Coast Guard at 1-800-799-8362)
  • If your boat is purchased brand new from a registered boat dealer, department store or internet sales, an original Manufacturer's Statement of Origin is required.
  • Proof of sales tax paid (Sales tax form Form ST-6 or Form ST-6E ).  You can pay this 6.25% tax online at https://mtc.dor.state.ma.us/mtc/_/#2 and print out your receipt.
  • Pencil tracing of the hull ID number (serial number)  See note 2 below
  • Completed application - Registration & Titling Application  
  • Required fees - check or money order only, no cash, debit or credit cards accepted. Checks are payable to Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Please note:

  1. If you purchased your boat or recreational vehicle from a business, the bill of sale must be written up on Company letterhead.
  2. If your boat was manufactured prior to 1972, or does not have a proper Coast Guard conforming 12 character hull ID number, your boat may require a boat inspection.  If you have any questions prior to submitting your paperwork, please call us.
  3. When a boat is purchased from a private party or dealer, from a non-titled state, the previous owner's registration is required in lieu of title.
  4. When purchasing a boat from the state of Rhode Island, the seller's signature on the Rhode Island title must be notarized.
  5. If you are a Commercial Fisherman and registering your vessel strictly for commercial fishing, you must submit a copy of your Commercial Fishing License.
  6. Sales tax is due on the 20th day of the following month of date of purchase.  Massachusetts sales tax is 6.25% of the total purchase price.  If sales tax is late, you will be subject to interest and penalties.  Questions on sales tax should be directed to the Department of Revenue at 1-800-392-6089.

Boats Under 14 ft - Documents Required

  • Bill of Sale - Name, address and signature of the seller must be on the bill of sale. See note 1 below
  • Proof of sales tax paid (Sales tax form Form ST-6 or Form ST-6E ).  You can pay this 6.25% tax online at https://mtc.dor.state.ma.us/mtc/_/#2 and print out your receipt.
  • Pencil tracing of  the hull ID number (serial number).  See note 2 below
  • If boat is purchased brand new, from a registered boat dealer, department store or internet sales, a copy of the Manufacturer's Statement of Origin is required.
  • Completed application - Registration & Titling Application
  • Required fees - check or money order only, no cash, debit or credit cards accepted. Checks are payable to Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Please Note:

  1. If you purchased your boat or recreational vehicle from a business, the bill of sale must be written up on Company letterhead.
  2. If your boat was manufactured prior to 1972, or does not have a proper Coast Guard conforming 12 character hull ID number, your boat may require a boat inspection.  If you have any questions prior to submitting your paperwork, please call us.
  3. When a boat is purchased from a private party or dealer, from a non-titled state, the previous owner's registration is required in lieu of title.
  4. When purchasing a boat from the state of Rhode Island, the seller's signature on the Rhode Island title must be notarized.
  5. If you are a Commercial Fisherman and registering your vessel strictly for commercial fishing, you must submit a copy of your Commercial Fishing License.
  6. Sales tax is due on the 20th day of the following month of date of purchase.  Massachusetts sales tax is 6.25% of the total purchase price.  If sales tax is late, you will be subject to interest and penalties.  Questions on sales tax should be directed to the Department of Revenue at 1-800-392-6089.

OHVs and Snowmobiles - Documents Required

  • Bill of Sale - Name, address and signature of the seller must be on the bill of sale.  See note 1 below
  • Proof of sales tax paid (Sales tax form Form ST-6 or Form ST-6E ).  You can pay this 6.25% tax online at https://mtc.dor.state.ma.us/mtc/_/#2 and print out your receipt.
  • If OHV / Snowmobile is purchased brand new, a copy of the Manufacturer's Statement of Origin is required.
  • Serial number (OHV - 17 characters - found on the frame of the bike)
  • Completed application - Registration & Titling Application
  • Required fees - check or money order only, no cash, debit or credit cards accepted. Checks are payable to Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Please Note:  

  1. If you purchased your boat or recreational vehicle from a business, the bill of sale must be written up on Company letterhead.
  2. Sales tax is due on the 20th day of the following month of date of purchase.  Massachusetts sales tax is 6.25% of the total purchase price.  If sales tax is late, you will be subject to interest and penalties.  Questions on sales tax should be directed to the Department of Revenue at 1-800-392-6089.