Boat owners: Avoid waiting, get to DMV early to register vessels

Published online: Jun 16, 2011 News
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Summer is starting. Boaters can enjoy the open waters of Long Island Sound. They can troll for fish on ponds. They can motor a pontoon boat or use a jet ski around the lake.

They can also avoid waiting in line at DMV. By going now to get a new registration or any needed assistance for a renewal, boat owners can avoid the pre-July 4 rush to have vessels ready for the holiday.

At the beginning of this traditional start of summer vacations, many boaters suddenly remember they forgot to satisfy the legal registration requirement with the Department of Motor Vehicles. They hurry to DMV offices where the registrations are done and can meet a slow moving line packed with others who also forgot or procrastinated.

"It's nice outside and who wants to be inside waiting to register their boat or watercraft. I urge anyone who has the opportunity get that task done early," said DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey.

DMV sends boat owners by mid-March notices of renewals due by April 30. If they do not register the boat for a year, they will not receive another renewal notice and they must go to a DMV office to renew the registration. First-time registrations of vessels must also be done at the DMV office.

Frequently Asked Questions about boat and other watercraft registrations can be found at   Connecticut law requires that all jet skis, boats with motors, regardless of size, and sailboats powered by sail alone, 19 1/2 feet or longer in length, be registered and numbered before launching. If someone purchases a boat that is currently registered, it must be re-registered in the name of the new owner.


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