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First-time boat registration

You must register your motorboat before you can operate on the water. Here is the process for registering your boat.

Boat, ATV, and Snowmobile Registration Bureau

Phone

Boston Registration Office Phone (617) 626-1610

M-F 9am-5pm

Fall River Registration Office Phone (508) 679-8287

M-F 9am-5pm

Hyannis Registration Phone (508) 771-8382

M-F 9am-5pm

Springfield Registration Phone (413) 733-1642

M-F 9am-5pm

Worcester Registration Phone (508) 753-0603

M-F 9am-5pm

The Details

What you need

Documents Required

  • Bill of Sale - Name, address and signature of the seller must be on the bill of sale.  See note 1
  • 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 your sales tax online and print out your receipt.
  • Pencil tracing of the hull ID number (serial number).  See note 2.
  • Completed Registration and Titling Application
  • For Boats 14 feet and over - 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
  • 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 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. If your boat requires a state assigned HIN (Hull ID serial number) at the time of registration, you must show us proof of the HIN placement on your boat before you will receive your registration card and decal.
  7. 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.

Fees

Name Fee Unit
Boats under 16 feet $44 2 years
Boat length 16 feet to less than 26 feet $66 2 years
Boat length 26 feet to less than 40 feet $88 2 years
Boat length 40 feet and greater $110 2 years
Boat Title $27.50 Valid until boat is sold, transferred or destroyed
Duplicate Title $16.50 Valid until boat is sold, transferred or destroyed
Add a Lien Holder $16.50 each

How to register

Visit one of our 5 convenient registration offices.  Make sure to bring all of the required documents and a check or money order payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mail in your required documents to the address below along with a check for the appropriate fee made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mailing Address:
Boat, Recreation Vehicle & Snowmobile Registration Bureau
251 Causeway Street
Suite 101
Boston, MA 02114

Contact

Address

Boston Registration Office
251 Causeway Street, Suite 101, Boston, MA 02114
Fall River Registration Office
218 South Main Street, 3rd Floor, Fall River, MA 02721
Hyannis Registration Office
60 Perseverance Way, Hyannis, MA 02601
Springfield Registration Office
1 Federal Street, Building 101, Springfield, MA 01105
Worcester Registration Office
67 Millbrook Street, Suite 350, 3rd Floor, Worcester, MA 01606

Phone

Boston Registration Office Phone (617) 626-1610

M-F 9am-5pm

Fall River Registration Office Phone (508) 679-8287

M-F 9am-5pm

Hyannis Registration Phone (508) 771-8382

M-F 9am-5pm

Springfield Registration Phone (413) 733-1642

M-F 9am-5pm

Worcester Registration Phone (508) 753-0603

M-F 9am-5pm

Fax

Boston Registration Office Fax (617) 626-1630
Fall River Registration Office (508) 679-0066
Hyannis Registration Fax (508) 771-2334
Springfield Registration Fax (413) 733-2154
Worcester Registration Fax (508) 752-6132

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