Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How to Apply for a Boat Registration

Owners of new or used boats may get the registration form at any local county tax collector's office, most places where boats are sold or serviced, MDWFP District Offices, Jackson Office, or Online. Complete the form, attach any necessary documents, sign, and forward to the Department with appropriate fee.

To register a new boat include the sales invoice showing proof of payment of Mississippi sales tax. If the boat was purchased in another state, you may pay Mississippi state sales tax at the local county Tax Collector's office. Include this proof of payment with the registration application. If registering or transferring ownership of a used boat, include a notarized bill of sale describing the boat being purchased. If the bill of sale is not notarized, it must be signed by one witness. If a boat was previously registered and titled in a state that requires mandatory titling, you must also include the previous state's registration and title.

The registration application requires a Hull Identification Number. This number should contain 12 digits if the boat was manufactured after November, 1972. Examples of proper 12 digit Hull Identification Numbers will be: ABC456781272, ABC45678M73E or ABC45678A484. Boats manufactured prior to 1972 will have a serial number.

Q. How to Renew a Boat Registration

Once a boat is registered a notice to renew the registration will be mailed to the owner by the MDWFP. For convenience and faster service you may renew you boat registration wherever hunting and fishing license are sold, by calling 1-800-5GO-HUNT (1-800-546-4868) which is available 24 hours a day, or Online at You may also mail your renewal to the MDWFP Boat Registration Department. You should notify MDWFP Boat Registration Department of any address changes.

Q. How to Obtain a Duplicate Boat Registration

If you lose your boat registration card and/or decals or if you need an additional boat registration card you may obtain a duplicate wherever hunting and fishing license are sold or by calling 1-800-5GO-HUNT (1-800-546-4868) which is available 24 hours a day.

Q. Registration, Transfer, Renewal and Duplicate Fees

Fees for original, transfer of ownership, renewal, livery, dealer and duplicate registrations are as follows:

    a) Less than 16 feet $10.20
    b) 16 feet but less than 26 feet  $25.20
    c) 26 feet but less than 40 feet $47.70
    d) 40 feet and over $47.70
    e) Dealer Number $40.20
    f) Duplicate $7.70

Q. Assignment of Registration Number

After processing a boat registration the department will assign a number to be displayed on the boat. This number is also noted on a water resistant, pocket-sized boat registration card which is mailed to the owner. This card must be on board the boat when in operation. In addition, boat owners will receive two (2) validating decals of appropriate color. The emblem should be displayed within six inches (6") of the number (See Boat Registration Numbering System and Proper Display). The decals correlate with the year the boat registration will expire. When MDWFP issues a number for a boat, that number becomes permanently assigned to that boat and remains as identification until such time as it is canceled, destroyed, or abandoned. The same number will also be used for identification if the boat is transferred to a new owner.

Q. Boat Registration Numbering System and Proper Display

The numbering system consists of three parts: the first part consist of the symbol MI, which designates Mississippi; the second part consists of a numerical group having a maximum of four digits; and the third part an alphabetical group having a maximum of two letters; each part shall be separated by hyphens or equivalent spaces.

The assigned number shall be painted on or attached to each side of the bow of the vessel for which it was issued. The numbers shall be placed on each side of the forward half of the vessel in such position as to provide clear legibility for identification. The numbers shall read from left to right and shall be in block characters of good proportion, not less than three inches (3") in height. The numbers shall be of a color which will contrast with the color of the background and so maintained as to be clearly visible and legible, i.e., dark numbers on a light background, or light numbers on a dark background. No other numbers shall be carried on the bow of such vessel. The decals should be displayed within six (6") inches of the numbers.

Q. Sold or Lost/Stolen Boats

Should you sell your boat, you are required to report such transaction to the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, who issued the identification number. The new owner must, within ten (10) days, make application to transfer the registration. If a numbered boat is lost, stolen, or abandoned, the owner should first report it to the local authorities having jurisdiction, then report to Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

Q. Boat and Motor Titling

Boat and outboard motor titling is available in Mississippi, but is not mandatory. Boat and motor titling is an optional choice for lending institutions and boat owners. The cost is $12.70 each for an original title, transfer of title, or duplicate title. A boat must be registered prior to being titled. If the title is submitted, indicating a lien, the original title will be sent to the lending institution until the lien is satisfied. Once the lien is satisfied, an original title will be provided to the owner. When a titled boat is sold, the owner must provide the original title to the purchaser along with a bill of sale in order for the boat to be eligible for transfer of ownership. Boat and Motor title applications may be obtained online, through your lending institution, or the MDWFP Boat Registration Department.

Q. How to get a duplicate Hunter/Boating education card?

To obtain a duplicate card, please print out the following application form, complete it, and mail it in with $3.00. 

Share this share this share this

Sign up, Keep Up

Sign up to receive monthly newsletters featuring all the latest news and happenings from MDWFP.