A Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin. This is the “birth certificate” for the vessel. If a vessel is new, the MSO will be brought to our office and sent to Tallahassee to produce a title in the name of the owner.
A vessel assembled from a manufacturer’s kit or constructed from an unfinished manufactured hull shall be considered to be a homemade vessel, provided such a vessel is not required to have a hull identification number assigned by the United States Coast Guard.
Applications for vessel registration and title certificates (original or duplicate) are to be filed by the vessel owner with the county tax collector’s office in the county where the vessel is located or in the county where the vessel owner resides.
The purchaser of a new vessel has 30 days in which to apply for registration and title through the county tax collector’s office. During this 30-day grace period, the owner is required to have aboard his vessel a bill of sale with proof of the date of purchase.
Out-of-state registration certificates and numbers for vessels owned by military personnel on active duty in Florida are valid in Florida until their expiration date. Then they must be registered and titled in Florida in order to be operated on state waters.
Yes, all vessels used on public waterways with any kind of motor must be titled and registered.
Yes, sales tax must be paid on the amount entered on the title, unless an itemized bill of sale listing the price of each component is submitted with the application. In such a case, the owner would only be required to pay sales tax on the boat and trailer. This is only for private sales.
Florida recognizes valid registration certificates and numbers issued to visiting boaters for a period of 90 days. An owner who intends to use his vessel in Florida longer than 90 days must register it with a county tax collector. Owners may however, retain the out-of-state registration number if the owner plans to return to his home state within a reasonable period of time.
The owner of the vessel must properly complete an application for duplicate title, and submit it and a fee of $11.00 to the Martin County Tax Collector’s Office. The application will be processed and the duplicate title mailed within 7 – 10 working days from receipt of the application or the applicant may choose to pay an additional fee and receive a fast title the same day.
If the non-motor powered vessel is less than 16 feet in length, it is not required to be registered or titled. However, if the vessel is 16 feet or more in length, it is required to be titled.
Notify the Bureau of Vessel Titles and Registrations in writing stating the existing problem and furnish the Florida registration number of the vessel. The Department will provide the name and address of the titled owner with the necessary instructions for transferring the ownership of the vessel.
For boating safety information contact the:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 S. Meridian Rd.
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Any local GFC District Office.