PENNSYLVANIA BOAT REGISTRATION
BOAT REGISTRATION BOAT TITLING VOLUNTARY REGISTRATION REGISTRATION APPLICATION
CAPACITY PLATE FEES TRANSFER OF REGISTRATION
LAUNCH USE PERMIT
REGISTRATIONS - PA Boat
Registrations are issued directly to boat owners by the
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat commission's (PFBC) Licensing and Registration Section in Harrisburg.
BOATS THAT MUST BE REGISTERED:
Powered boats (including electric motors).
Boats (powered and unpowered) used at Commission lakes or access areas.
Documented vessels used for recreational purposes.
Boats registered in
other states meet PA registration requirements if Pennsylvania is not the state
principal use. If PA becomes the state of principal use, a boat must be registered in PA within 60 days.
BOATS THAT DO NOT HAVE TO BE REGISTERED:
Foreign boats temporarily using the waters of this Commonwealth.
Boats owned by the United States and used
solely for public service functions such as search
Lifeboats on ships.
Documented vessels used for non-recreational purposes.
A PA Boat
Registration Card is provided as proof of registration. The registration
be carried on the boat.
issued on two year cycles ending March 31 of the 2nd year. One year
are not issued.
Validation Decals - Registered boats
are required to have numbered validation decals displayed.
These decals are issued by the PFBC and are sent to boat owners with the PA Boat Registration Card.
Validation decals have a control number
which corresponds with a specific PA Boat Registration number.
Decals cannot be used on any boat other than the boat for which they were issued.
Registration Card Validation Decal - Decal
used to validate a registration card. It is the single, smaller
sticker included with each set of validation decals. The registration card validation decal must be affixed
to the back of the PA Boat Registration Card. The card is not valid without the registration card validation
A registration card validation decal is not required for a duplicate PA Boat Registration Card.
To contact the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission by telephone call: (717) 705-7940.
B. BOAT TITLES - Certain boats must be
titled in Pennsylvania. Titles are issued by the PFBC.
Any boat purchased, transferred, or sold after March 1, 1998, must be titled if the boat is:
Powered by an inboard engine, including
personal watercraft and documented recreation vessels,
and 1997 model year or newer.
Powered by an outboard motor, 14 foot in length or longer, and 1997 model year or newer.
Currently titled in Pennsylvania.
Currently titled in another state when Pennsylvania becomes the state of principal use.
If titled, buyer and seller must sign the first
assignment section of the title complete with
A Certificate of Title is provided to the boat owner or principal lien holder.
VOLUNTARY REGISTRATIONS AND TITLES - Any
boat can be voluntarily registered or titled.
Once a boat is titled, it must remain titled by all future owners.
Note: A boat
can be registered and not titled.
A boat can be titled and not registered.
OBTAINING A BOAT REGISTRATION AND/OR BOAT TITLE - Both are obtained by
completing form REV-36, Application for Pennsylvania Boat Registration and/or Boat Title, and
submitting to the PFBC offices and licensed issuing agents of the PFBC, or visit the web site:
REV - 336 APPLICATION PFBC -T12 TITLE FORM
Applicant - Must establish proof of ownership. One of the following is required.
Valid Certificate of Title from Pennsylvania or another
state, signed by seller
(must be provided if the boat was previously titled). If a lien is recorded on the title, a release
of lien must be attached or indicated on the title.
Valid registration from another state.
Original Manufacturers Certificate of Origin (MCO) and bill
of sale/sales receipt (required for new
U.C.C. Documents, Sheriff Sale Documents, Court Order or Pennsylvania Certificate of Salvage.
Bill of sale (for transfer of ownership between two private parties only).**
* New Boats - Proof of ownership must
be the original MCO (transferring ownership from the
manufacturer, distributor or dealer to the applicant) for boats manufactured after January 1, 1993,
and the bill of sale/sales receipt.
** Bill of Sale - Bill of sale must include the following:
The name, address and signature of the seller.
The name and address of the purchaser.
The name and address of the legal owner.
The location, date of sale, and description of the boat,
including HIN if the boat was built
after October 31, 1972.
Any other serial number of the boat if it was built prior to October 31, 1972.
A completed REV-336, Application
for Pennsylvania Boat Registration and/or Boat Title,
signed by both parties, may be used as a bill of sale.
E. TEMPORARY REGISTRATIONS - Issued by
the PFBC and their designated issuing agents. (The
Elk County Treasurer's Office in Elk County) A copy of the REV-336, Application for Pennsylvania
Boat Registration and/or Boat Title when used with a corresponding Temporary Validation Decal
(T-Sticker), becomes the temporary registration for the boat.
registrations are only issued for boats not previously registered, including new
transfers of ownership and boats previously registered in another state.
Validation Decals - Also called T-Stickers. A numbered set of T-Stickers is
every temporary registration. The boat owner must remove any prior validation decals and replace them
with the new T-Stickers.
registrations and T-Stickers are valid for no less that 60 days and nor more
than 90 days.
See Expiration Table Below.
TEMPORARY REGISTRATION AND T-STICKER
If issued on any day within this month
The temporary registration expires the last day of this month
F. DISPLAY REQUIREMENTS:
Display Requirements for Boat
Numbering - The registration number shall be displayed
above the waterline on both sides of the bow of the boat considered to be any part of a boat's
side forward of a point halfway between the front and the back of the boat.
Display Requirements for Validation Decals - Decals shall be displayed
at least 3, but not more than
6, inches following the last letter of the registration number's suffix and on the same horizontal level. No other numbers or letters may be displayed on either side of the bow of the boat.
Pa Boat Numbering
Watercraft used at PFBC
Documented Vessels (non-recreational purposes)
Kayaks, sculls, sailboards,
|Inflatable boats and boats configured in a manner that a number on the hull or superstructure would not be easily visible.||Yes - Registration numbers and validation decals may be displayed on boards (placards) lashed to the bow on each side of the boat.|
G. HULL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (HIN) - An
identification number assigned by the
manufacturer of a boat.
A HIN is required by the U.S. Coast Guard to be permanently affixed, engraved or embossed by the
manufacturer or importer to the starboard half of the transom on the outboard or exterior side, so that
it can be seen from the outside of the vessel.
CAPACITY PLATES - An
identification plate issued by the manufacturer or PFBC that indicates the
boat's recommended safe capacities. Shows that boat's maximum person capacity by the
number of people, maximum person capacity by weight of people, maximum weight capacity
in total pounds (persons, motor and gear) and the maximum horsepower of the engine for a
A capacity plate is
required on all monohull (single hull) boats, less than 20 feet in length,
carry two or more persons and propelled by machinery or oars as their main source of power.
Boats exempt from having to display a capacity plate include pontoon boats sailboats, canoes,
kayaks, inflatables, hydroplanes, personal watercraft, and boats considered by the Commission
to be of unusual or unique design. The capacity plate must be positioned close to the operator
where it can be easily read.
It is illegal to
tamper with or remove a capacity plate. A boat that requires a capacity plate
be operated unless the capacity plate is displayed and is legible. If a boat is required to have a
capacity plate, that boat may not be offered for sale without a properly affixed capacity plate.
An application for a
capacity plate can be obtained from the Commission or the Treasurer's
Office. Form PFBC-702, Application for Boat Capacity Plate.
It is unlawful for a
person who has purchased or gained ownership of a boat with a current
PA Boat Registration to operate or allow operation of that boat until ownership is transferred
and the boat is registered by the new owner.
|Category||Price (2 yrs)|
|Less than 16 feet||$26.00|
|16 feet to 20 feet||$39.00|
|20 feet or greater||$52.00|
TRANSFER OF REGISTRATION PERIOD (SAME PARTY)
The holder of a valid Pennsylvania registration on a boat may transfer the remaining period of time on the current registration to a newly acquired boat. There is a transfer fee for multi-year registrations and any difference in registration fees must be paid.
The PA registration number is not transferred. A new number will be assigned by the PFBC for the newly acquired boat.
If the registration fee for the new boat is greater than the registration fee for the old boat, based on the length of the boat, the applicant will pay the difference between the registration fees for the newly acquired boat and the old boat.
If the registration fee for the newly acquired boat is less than the registration fee for the old boat, no credit or refund will be issued.
TRANSFER OF REGISTRATION UPON DEATH OF OWNER
Joint Owner - If the applicant was a joint owner
with the deceased, an original death certificate must
be submitted along with form REV 336.
Not a Joint Owner - If applicant was not a joint owner with the deceased, one of the following must be submitted along with form REV 336:
An original death certificate and letters testamentary.
An original death certificate and letters of administration.
An original short certificate.
An original death certificate and court order filed under small estates procedures.
An original death certificate and form PFBC-T8.
Completed form PFBC-T8, signed by the attending physician or funeral director.
Note: Original death certificates and short certificates are required. Copies of any kind will not be accepted.
PFBC Use Permit:
The Use Permit is designed for non-powered boat owners who choose not to register their
boat to use on Commission lakes and access areas. Use permits will be issued in
the form of decals, showing the expiration date (one or two years). The decals
shall be displayed on both sides of the bow of the boat for which the permit is
issued. The decals are not transferable to any other boat.
fees for the Launch/Use Permit are $11.00 for 1-year permit and
$19.00 for a 2-year permit. The permits will expire December 31 of the
year for which it is issued and is available at the Elk County Treasurer's Office.