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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I just bought a boat. What do I do?

A:
 
For new boats:
1) to complete an application for boat title/registration 
2) furnish the original "Manufacturer"s Statement of Origin" (MSO)
3) submit to the Marine Board with the required fees  
  
For used Oregon boats: 
1) obtain the "Oregon Certificate of Title" from the seller with the release of interest line(s) signed
    and dated by all owners listed 
2) complete the "New Owner" section 
3) submit to the Marine Board with the required fees
 
For used Oregon boats when the title is lost:
1) obtain an Oregon lost boat title application
2) obtain owner of record information by calling the Marine Board
3) obtain release signatures on the lost title form from all owners of record
    (signatures must either be notarized or owners sign and provide a copy of valid
     photo identification,front and back)
4) submit to the Marine Board with the required fees 
 
For out of state boats from title states:
1) obtain the out of state title with releases by all owners
2) complete an Application for Boat Title/Registration
3) submit to the Marine Board with the required fees
 
 For out of state boats when the title is lost:
1) obtain a printout showing all owners of record from the title state
2) obtain the title state's lost title/release form
3) obtain release signatures from all owners of record
4) obtain an Oregon boat title/registration application form, complete and sign the form
5) submit to the Marine Board with the required fees
 
For out of state boats from non-title states: 
1) obtain the prior owner's registration card 
2) obtain a bill of sale
3) complete an Application for Boat Title/Registration
4) submit to the Marine Board with the required fees 
 
For boats that have never been titled anywhere:
1) furnish a proof of ownership.  
2) complete an Application for Boat Title/Registration
3) complete a detailed boat history form
4) submit to the Marine Board with the required fees               
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Q: Does my boat need to be inspected first?

A:
Some boats in Oregon are required to be inspected by a marine law enforcement officer before they can be titled and registered.
 
Boats needing hull identification number (HIN) inspections:
1) homebuilt boats
2) boats never titled or registered in any state
3) boats registered in a non-title state
4) boats where the hull identification number appears to be incorrect.
 
Boats excluded are:
1) new manufactured boats with a Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO)
2) boats titled in another state if the title accompanies the application for Oregon title
    and the hull number listed is correct.  
  
After the HIN inspection is completed, you'll receive a "HIN Inspection Certificate." You must return the certificate directly to the Marine Board at PO Box 14145  Salem, OR 97309.
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Q: Do I need to register my boat trailer?

A:
Is the combined weight of the boat and trailer more than 1,800 pounds?
     you are required to title and register the boat trailer with DMV
 
Is the combined weight of the boat and trailer less than 1,800 pounds?
    you are not required to title and register the boat trailer.
If you wish to obtain a trailer title for proof of ownership, please contact DMV.

In the event the trailer is stolen, most law enforcement agencies and insurance companies will want to see proof of ownership.

All trailers used on the road must be equipped to meet safety standards.

  For more information on boat trailers go the DMV website.
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Q: Do I need to register my small pontoon boat if it has a motor?

A:
Yes. Any watercraft with any type of motor must be titled and registered with the Marine Board.
A title is required in order to register. 
 
1)obtain the manufacturer's statement of origin and/or bill of sale
2)obtain the application for boat title/registration
3)Submit to the Marine Board with required fees
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Q: I lost my title. How can I get another one?

A:
1) complete and sign an Application for Lost Boat Title
   (signatures must either be notarized or sign and provide a copy of valid
     photo identification, front and back)
2) submit to the Marine Board with required fees
 
All persons listed on the front of the title, including lienholders, must sign that the title is lost.
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Q: How do I display my decal and numbers?

A:  Click here for a diagram. 
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Q: Do I have to register my boat in Salem?

A:
No. The Marine Board has developed partnerships with many boat dealers and sporting good stores who provide exceptional customer service to boaters by serving as registration agents. There are approximately 90 businesses throughout the state that will accept applications and fees. Locate the agent closest to you and submit your information and fees to them. They will give you a temporary permit to operate your boat and forward your application and fees to the Marine Board. The agent may charge you up to $8.00 for this service. 
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Q: What if my decals (tags) are lost or stolen?

A: 
1) write a request for duplicate decals or registration card that includes:
    your name, mailing address and the certificate number of the boat
2) submit the request with a check or money order for $10.00 to the Marine Board
 
or
 
3) visit a local Marine Board agent (take proof of ownership) to
    obtain a temporary permit to use the boat right away.
    (agents may charge an extra fee for this)  
  
(If you believe the tags were stolen, contact your county sheriff's marine patrol. Then, to get a new set, follow the procedure above)
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Q: I want to know who owns a particular boat. How do I find out?

A:
Mail or email a written request to the Marine Board, giving the boat's certificate number and description. Include your name, address, phone number and/or email address so we can contact you.
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Q: What about boathouses and floating homes?

A:
Titles and license plates are required on:
a) floating homes (moored structures secured to piers or pilings, used primarily as a residence)
b) boathouses (covered structures on floats or piles to protect moored boats)
c) combinations (floating homes and boathouses together)
 
The certificate of title is valid as long as the ownership and location remain the same.
 
To obtain a title and license plate for a new structure:
1) complete and sign the application for floating property
2) complete and sign a Statement of Contractor or Builder form
3) submit the documents with the $20.00 fee to the Marine Board
 
To obtain a title and license plate for a never titled structure:
1) complete and sign the application for floating property
2) obtain a copy of the personal property tax statement or the original bill of sale
3) submit the documents with the $20.00 fee to the Marine Board
 
To obtain a new title for an existing structure:
1) obtain the title with release signatures from all owners
2) complete and sign the application for floating property on the back of the title
3) submit the signed title to the Marine Board with the $20.00 fee
    note: titles must be submitted within 30 days from the date of purchase
    to avoid a late title transfer fee of $25.00 

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Q: What if I find a lost boat--or I lose one?

A:
Oregon has no salvage laws for boats. Contact your local county sheriff's marine patrol. They can help locate the owner, or help you find your boat. Keeping registration current helps law enforcement and the Marine Board match up missing boats and owners. 
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Q: What are boat registration and hull identification numbers?

A:
 Boat Registration numbers are to be displayed on the bow of the boat.
 
 
The hull identification number should be on the transom of the boat.
 
 
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Q: Do amphibious vehicles need to be registered as a boat?

A: 
Yes.
 
If it's street legal:
1) make a copy of the DMV title
2) complete and sign an application for boat title/registration
3) submit the documents with $6 plus the $5.00 aquatic invasive species program fee for registration 
  
If it's not street legal:
1) complete and sign an application for boat title/registration 
     (mark construction as other and write in amphibious for the manufacturer) 
2) obtain the previous ownership document with releases from all previous owner(s)
3) submit the documents to the Marine Board with the $30.00 title fee
    and the $6.00 plus the $5.00 aquatic invasive species surcharge for registration 
  
 
If you apply at a local agent, the agent may charge an addtional $4.00-$8.00 depending on services. You need to provide any Statement of Origin for the vessel to verify the serial number.
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Q: What if I scrap, dismantle or destroy my boat?

A:
 When you scrap, dismantle or destroy a boat submit the original boat title to the Marine Board noting the condition of the boat.  If you are taking the boat to a landfill you may need to show them the title before submitting it to the Marine Board.     See ORS 830.710 and 830.720
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