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Frequently Asked Questions

For all motorized boats, complete the boat registration application, attach any necessary documents, sign and mail the paperwork to MDWFP Headquarters (MDWFP Boat Registration, 1505 Eastover Dr. Jackson, MS 39211). Acceptable payment methods are check, cashier’s check, money order, and cash. Owners of new or used boats may get the registration form at: 

  1. Any local tax collector’s office
  2. Most places where boats are sold or serviced
  3. MDWFP Regional Office
  4. MDWFP Headquarters in Jackson
  5. Online (Click Here)

 

 


  • If you purchased your boat new / used from dealer, you must:
    • Provide a copy of the sales invoice
    • If the boat was purchased at an out of state dealer, proof of payment of Mississippi sales tax must be included. (Mississippi sales tax can be paid at your local tax collector’s office)

 

 


  • If you purchased your boat from an individual who previously registered/titled the boat in Mississippi, you must:
    • Submit proof of previous registration
    • Submit the original boat/motor title(s) (if the boat was titled in the previous owner’s name)
    • Submit a witnessed or notarized bill of sale

  • If you purchased your boat from an individual who previously registered/titled the boat in another state, you must:
    • Submit proof of previous registration
    • Submit a copy of the boat title (if the boat was titled in the previous owner’s name)
    • Submit a witnessed or notarized bill of sale

 

 


  • The boat registration application requires a Hull Identification Number

This number should contain 12-digits if the boat was manufactured after November, 1972. Boat manufactured prior to 1972 will have a serial number. If your boat does not have a 12 digit Hull Identification Number or an incorrect Hull Identification Number, your boat must be inspected by an MDWFP officer. You must complete a MDWFP Boat Inspection Form (Click Here) and reach out to a Regional Office nearest you or the Jackson Office.

  1. North Regional Office, Location: 457 CR 36 Enid, MS 38927 (Mailing Address: P.O. Box 100 Enid, MS 38927 (662-563-6222)
  2. Central Regional Office, Turcotte Lab, 506 Hwy 43 S, Canton, MS 39046, (601-859-3421)
  3. South Regional Office, 1201 N. Clark Ave. Magnolia, MS 39652, (601-783-2911)
  4. MDWFP Headquarters, 1505 Eastover Dr. Jackson, MS 39211, (601-432-2055)

 

Examples Hull Identification Numbers (HIN):

 

 

 

 

  • Once we receive and process your boat registration application, required documents, and payment, we will issue you a boat registration card, which states the registration number assigned to your boat, and two decals. The emblem should be displayed within six (6) inches of the number. Registration numbers issued by MDWFP are the boat’s permanent identification. The same registration number will be used as identification if the boat is transferred to a new owner. You must keep your boat registration card onboard of the vessel when in operation.

 

 


Once a boat is registered, A notice to renew will be mailed to the boat’s owner by MDWFP 60 days before the expiration date. For convenience and faster service, you may renew your 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
  • Online (Click Here)
  • Mail: MDWFP Boat Registration, 1505 Eastover Dr. Jackson, MS 39211

 

You should notify MDWFP Boat Registration of any address changes.


Boat Registrations valid for three consecutive years, beginning the day the boat is registered. The expiration date is printed on your boat registration card. You have 60 days prior to the boat expiration date to renew your boat registration. You may receive a shorter length of time your boat registration is valid if your boat registration is not renewed on time, when the boat expires.


If your boat registration card or decals are lost, stolen, or you simply need an additional card, either can be obtained at:

 

  • A location  where hunting and fishing license are sold
  • Calling 1-800-5GO-HUNT (1-800-546-4868), which is available 24 hours a day
  • MDWFP Headquarters

 

If your boat/motor title is lost or destroyed, you can obtain and duplicate at the MDWFP Headquarters only.

  • MDWFP Title Department, 1505 Eastover Dr. Jackson, MS 39211

Registration fees are based on the length of your boat. Fees for original boat registration, transfer of ownership, renewal, livery, dealer, duplicate boat registration and inspection are:

       


During the processing of your boat registration at MDWFP Headquarters, your boat will be assign a number to be displayed on your boat. This number consist of both alphabetical and numerical numbers (Ex: MI-1234-AB). This number will be on the boat registration card that is mailed to the owner of the boat. When MDWFP issues a registration number, that number is permanently assigned to that boat and remains as identification. The same registration number will be used as identification if the boat is transferred to a new owner. You must keep your boat registration card onboard of the vessel when in operation.


Your registration number consists of three parts:

  1. Symbol “MI,” which designates Mississippi
  2. Numerical group, having a maximum of four digits
  3. Alphabetical group, having a maximum of two letters.

Each part shall be separated by hyphens or equivalent.


Your registration 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 pf 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.


When you sell your boat, you are required to inform MDWFP Headquarters by:

 

  • Calling the Boat Registration Department (601-432-2055)
  • Going to MDWFP website and submitting the updated information (Click Here)
    • Select Division: License/Boating Registration
    • Enter your email address
    • Provided the owner and boat information informing the department of the sale of the boat.

 

You must provide the new owner a copy of the current registration. The new owner must complete a boat registration application and provided the appropriate documents to transfer the registration. The original numbers issued to that boat will be transferred to the new owner.


If a numbered boat is stolen, lost, or abandoned, the owner should first report it to the local authorities having jurisdiction. Then it should be reported to Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks by contacting 601-432-2400.


Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks do not title boat trailers. Your boat trailer can be titled at your local county tax collector’s office.


To obtain a duplicate boating education card, you can purchase online (Click Here) or you can mail your information along with a check or money order in the amount of $3.00 to MDWFP Boating Education, 1505 Eastover Dr. Jackson, MS 39211


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