How to Register Your Boat in Kansas – Whether you’re a Kansas resident or just visiting, you’ll need to register your boat with the state if you plan on spending any time on the water. Here’s everything you need to know to get your boat registered and ready to hit the waves.
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Gather the Required Documentation
Before you begin the registration process, you’ll need to gather the necessary documentation. You’ll need to provide proof of ownership, as well as a completed application form. You’ll also need to pay the required fees. Once you have all of the required documentation, you can begin the registration process.
To legally operate your boat in Kansas, you must obtain a Certificate of Number ( registration) and decals from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT). The Certificate of Number must be on board the vessel whenever it is being operated.
Cost for the Certificate of Number is $21.50 for non-motorized vessels and $31.50for motorized vessels. The number is good for 3 years and expires on March 31 of the last year purchased. Theexpiration date can be verified by looking at the bottom right side of the decal issued with thenumber.
-Proof of ownership – A notarized bill of sale or transfer form, OR the original Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin for a new vessel, OR out-of-state registration card if transferring registration from another state
-If previously registered in another state – submit a scanned image or photocopy of both sidesof current registration card from that state
-If applicant is NOT owner of vessel – submit Applicant Authorization form with notarizedsignature from legal owner
-[Hull Identification Number](https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Boating/Pages/Boat-Registration-and-Titles.aspx#hull) verification if manufactured on or after November 1, 1972 – If Hull Identification number has never been assigned, submit Notarized Hull Identification Numbers Application For Assignment Of Hull Identification Numbers
A person who rents, leases, borrows or loans a vessel they do not own must have written permissionfrom the legal owner certifying their right to use the vessel. The written permission shouldinclude:
-The name and address of both the legal owner and user
-Dates permission is granted
Bill of sale
In order to register your boat in Kansas, you will need the following documents:
-The bill of sale from the purchase of your boat
-If the boat was purchased from a dealer, the dealer’s validation sticker
-If the boat is used, a notarized statement from the previous owner verifying the hull identification number (HIN)
-The HIN verification form, which can be found on the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism website
-Proof of insurance for your boat
Certificate of title
To obtain a certificate of title for a boat in Kansas, you must submit the following documents to the County Treasurer’s office in the county where you reside:
-A notarized Application for Certificate of Title for a Boat (KS form Bram-123). This form is available from the County Treasurer’s office or online at http://kstrs.org/forms/bram-123_tab.pdf
-The out-of-state registration certificate, if the boat is currently registered in another state.
-The out-of-state title, if the boat is currently titled in another state.
-Proof of sales tax paid, if applicable. The County Treasurer’s office can provide you with a list of acceptable proof of sales tax paid documentation.
Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check or money order made payable to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
Register Your Boat with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
You can register your boat in person or by mail with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. You will need to submit the registration application, proof of ownership, and the registration fee. You can also renew your boat registration by mail or in person.
To register your boat in person, go to the nearest Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism office with the following:
-Your completed Registration Application (Form 1003)
-The bill of sale or other evidence of ownership for your boat
-The registration fee of $27.50 for boats 16 feet and longer, or $22.50 for boats shorter than 16 feet
If you have any questions, you can reach the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism at (620) 672-5911.
If you are mailing in your application, you will need to include:
-A completed Application for Certificate of Number and Documentation (KS State Parks form 3021).
-The vessel’s original certificate of number, if currently registered in another state.
-The vessel’s original out-of-state registration, if previously registered. If the registration has expired, you will need to show proof of ownership, such as a bill of sale or state issued title. If the vessel is titled in Kansas, you will need to include a copy of the title.
-Payment for all required fees. Personal checks or money orders should be made payable to “Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism”.
The process for registering your boat with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has changed.
As of July 1, 2019, you can no longer register your boat through the mail. Instead, you must register your boat online through the KDWPT website. The good news is that the process is quick and easy, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home.
Here’s what you need to do:
1) Go to the KDWPT website and create an account. You will need to provide some basic information, such as your name, address, email address, and phone number.
2) Once you have created an account, log in and click on the “Register a Boat” link.
3) Enter your boat’s information, including the make, model, length, Hull Identification Number (HIN), and year of manufacture. You will also need to enter your credit card information for payment. The registration fee is $30 for a one-year registration or $54 for a two-year registration.
4) Once you have submitted all of the required information, you will receive a confirmation email from KDWPT with instructions on how to print out your boat registration certificate. You must keep this certificate on board your boat at all times when operating on Kansas waters.
Renew Your Registration
You must renew your boat registration every year in Kansas. The renewal period begins on December 1st and ends on December 31st. You will need to provide the following information when renewing your registration: the boat’s Hull Identification Number (HIN), the length of the boat, the boat’s model year, the boat’s registration number, and the name and address of the boat’s owner.
To renew your registration in person, you will need to bring the following items to your local county treasurer’s office:
-Your current boat registration
-A completed Boat Registration Renewal Form (available at the county treasurer’s office)
-Payment for the renewal fee
You will need to fill out an Application for Certificate of Number (KS BOAT 23) and a Bill of Sale (KS BOAT 21). Include a check or money order for the registration fee made payable to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. You may also register by phone, but additional fees will apply.
You will need to include:
-The hull identification number (HIN) of the boat. If the HIN is not visible, you will need to have the boat inspected by a Marine Law Enforcement Officer or other designated individual.
-The name and contact information for the lienholder, if applicable.
-The length of the boat.
-The type of propulsion.
-The year the boat was built.
-If the boat is documented with the U.S. Coast Guard, you will need to include the documentation number.
The easiest way to renew your registration is online through the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) website. You will need to provide your boat’s Hull Identification Number (HIN), which can be found on the boat itself or on your registration paperwork. You will also need a credit or debit card for payment. The online renewal process typically takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
If you prefer, you can renew your registration by mail. To do so, simply fill out the renewal form that was mailed to you along with your registration papers and return it to KDWPT with a check or money order for the applicable fees. You can also renew your registration in person at any KDWPT office or at a participating Kansas dealer.