Florida Law Requiring Actual Registration Paperwork On Board?

ShelShel Posts: 1,061 Officer
What is the actual law requiring registration paperwork or copy on the boat itself? I always thought the FL numbers were proof of registration and the paperwork was not required to be on board. Just wondering.

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  • aboveboredabovebored Posts: 1,270 Officer
    You need actual registration slip on board.
  • notreelynotreely Posts: 653 Officer
    Shel wrote: »
    What is the actual law requiring registration paperwork or copy on the boat itself? I always thought the FL numbers were proof of registration and the paperwork was not required to be on board. Just wondering.

    http://www.dmv.org/fl-florida/boat-registration.php#FL-Boat-Registration-Requirements

    FL Boat Registration Requirements
    You have 30 days from the time of purchase to register your vessel. To do so, head to the county tax collector's office in the county where you live, or where the vessel is located.

    Bring with you:

    Completed registration application (not offered online).
    Manufacturer's Statement of Origin, or its equivalent.
    Receipt showing you paid the sales tax (if applicable).
    Fee payment.
    You can also mail the required documents and payment to the county office.

    Keep the registration certificate on board whenever you're operating your boat. During the grace period after purchasing the vessel, be sure to keep your purchase receipt with you when operating the vessel. Vessels can be registered for 1 year or 2 years.
  • gerrysgerrys Posts: 738 Officer
    I make multiple copies of the registration and put a couple in the boat, one in the truck, etc.
  • GroundsPounderGroundsPounder Posts: 51 Deckhand
    The DHSMV issued copy must aboard the vessel and available for inspect when the vessel is in operation.

    FSS 328.48(4) states; "The certificate of registration shall be pocket-sized and shall be available for inspection on the vessel for which issued whenever such vessel is in operation."

    Use of other copies may or may not result in other issues.
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