Boats and Vessels General Information


As an agent for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the Tax Collector is responsible for providing the necessary service and record keeping procedures used in processing vessel (boat) titles and registrations. All motorized vessels, commercial and private, must be registered, titled and issued a decal before they can be used in Florida waters. The decal must be affixed to the port side of the boat. For more information and specifics click on the following link:

Vessel registrations are for 1 year and expire at midnight of the owner's birthday. Registration for vessels titled in a business name expire June 30th. (A new 2 year registration option is available)

Vessel registration fees are based on the length of the boat.

Renewal of vessel registrations can be accomplished in person at any Tax Collector's office or by e-commerce or telephone.

When using e-commerce or telephone renewals, you must have your PIN number, then call 877-212-8463 or to renew via the internet click here. These e-commerce and telephone transactions require a valid credit card. An additional fee will be charged for these services.

Obtaining A Florida Boat Title

Application with a Manufacturer's Statement of Origin

The selling dealer, for all new boats, must complete the manufacturer's statement of origin (MSO). Proof of sales tax paid or proof of exemption must be provided, or sales tax must be collected.

Vessel Registration Fees** - Effective 9/1/2009

Vessel 1 Year 2 Year
Canoes $15.50 $31.00
1' to 11'11" $15.50 $31.00
12' to 15'11" $31.63 $63.26
16' to 25'11" $50.38 $100.76
26' to 39'11" $124.63 $249.26
40' to 64'11" $198.88 $397.76
65' to 109'11" $236.30 $472.60
110' to 200' $291.88 $583.76

 ** Includes additional county vessel fees by ordinance (additional 50% of base tax)