How to Register a Boat in Alaska

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If you’re to operate a motorboat in Alaska, you will need to register your boat and get a certificate of registration from the appropriate authority. Since Alaska does not register boats or issue titles, you can get a certificate by submitting your documents to the Alaska DMV. A certificate will be issued in the name of the owner of the boat. It is mandatory to display the registration number on the boat during all working hours where it can be visible for inspection by the designated authorities. This certificate has a validity of three years from the date of issue, after which it can be renewed by following the due procedure for renewal.

What Type of Boats Must be Registered in Alaska?

All boats that are used for transport, including powered boats, need to be registered with the state. The registration rule is also applicable for fishing boats, barges, sport fishing guide boats, and tenders, including those with or without auxiliary power units. Lifeboats, inspected passenger vessels, air mattresses, and seaplanes are exempted from registration in the state of Alaska. Exemptions also extend to boats coming in from other states for not more than 90 days, foreign-registered yachts, and non-powered boats. The updated list of exemptions can be found on Alaska’s DMV website.

What Information is Required to Register a Boat in Alaska?

You can submit the following documents to register a boat in Alaska:

  • An original manufacturer’s certificate of origin.
  • The original manufacturer’s statement of origin.
  • Carpenter’s Certificate.
  • Completed CG-1261 Builders Certification
  • Out-of-state title or an Affidavit of Boat Ownership.
  • The boat registration from the earlier state of ownership. This is applicable in case the owner does not have the title when:
  • The owner resides in a state that doesn’t issue titles.
  • The previous title or certificate is destroyed.

How Much Does it Cost to Register a Boat in Alaska?

The cost for registration varies according to the type of boat and its size. Hence you will have to pay $75.00 to register a barge boat, $24 to register a powered boat, and $10 to register a non-powered boat. Kindly note that if the power source is removed from the boat, the owner will have to wait until renewal to register as a non-powered boat. However, if external power or trim control is added to a non-power boat, you will have to immediately register the vessel as a powered boat. It costs $20 to acquire a boat title or duplicate boat title but no additional cost to record a lien.

Where Do You Go To Register Your Boat in Alaska?

Boat owners who belong to Alaska but own boats, which are not operated in Alaska be required to register their boats in the particular state where the boats are used. College students or military personnel living outside the state can’t register their respective boats in Alaska. First-time boat owners are required to register the boat only in person by visiting the local DMV office. Submit a completed boat registration application form along with all the documents required to complete the registration procedure.

Can You Mail Your Boater Registration Form in Alaska?

Yes. You can also register a boat by sending an email to the registration address with all required documents and the appropriate fee mentioned therein.

Where Do You Have to Keep the Boat Registration Number in Alaska?

According to the rules, a boat registration number has to be displayed:

  • Above the waterline in the front part of the vessel.
  • You must paint the numbers or affix them in bold and block style so that they can be easily seen and read from a distance.
  • Use a color that contrasts with that of the hull and keep the numbers at least three inches tall.
  • The letters and numbers must be written from left to right with space or a hyphen to separate them.
  • The registration decals with the registration expiry date must appear in line with the registered number on either side of the boat.

Where Do You Display Hull Identification Number in Alaska?

The Hull identification number is an official number and can be used to identify the hull. Since 1972 it has become compulsory for all boats to have a hull number. This 12 digit number will be affixed at the time of manufacture by the manufacturer. Some homemade boats can acquire state-assigned hull numbers that starting with the letters “AKZ.” Ideally, it must be displayed inside the boat at a place where it can be visible to all.