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delaware boat registration“How does Delaware boat registration work?” or “I need to register my boat in Delaware. Can you help?”  are questions we often hear from clients.  Good news! The Delaware boat registration process is relatively quick and painless. Read on to get all the details broken down in an easy to follow question and answer format.

What documents will I need  for my Delaware boat registration?  All boats / vessels will need a completed Delaware Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) boat registration application.  New boats will also need a copy of the Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO) or Builder’s Certificate assigned to purchaser(s) and Bill of Sale if Certificate of Origin or Builder’s Certificate is not assigned to purchaser(s), and a Federal or State Issued ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. For used boats, a copy of the title, registration (non-title states only), federal documentation (photocopy of seller’s most recent Certificate of Documentation), and if applicable, a lien release must accompany the application.  In many cases, a copy of notarized bill of sale with complete description of the vessel is also needed.

How long does the Delaware boat registration process take? Once we have all of your documentation, we can email you proof of registration within about three (3) business days. Originals will then be mailed or sent overnight.

What does the State of Delaware provide as proof of registration for my boat/vessel? DNREC provides a boat registration card and two (2) decals. A verification letter can also be obtained, if needed.

What does the Delaware boat registration card look like? The Delaware boat / vessel registration card is printed on white paper. They no longer provide a blue plastic registration card.

How long is Delaware boat registration good for? Delaware boat / vessel registrations are available in annual or three-year increments. Registration runs on a calendar year and is not prorated. Therefore, the fees will be the same and your registration will expire on December 31st, whether you register your boat/vessel in January or October.

What is the cost for a Delaware boat registration? Fees vary depending on the size of the boat and whether you choose a one (1) year or three (3) year registration term.  For example, in 2017,  a 10’ boat/vessel registered for one (1) year, is $20, but a 49’ boat / vessel registered for three (3) years is $300.

If you have additional questions or need assistance with Delaware boat registration, give us a call or email us. We would be happy to help, as we courier boat registrations back and forth to DNREC several times a week for our clients.

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