Federally Documented Vessels
Vessels are documented by the Federal Government (United States Coast Guard) and not by individual states. All vessels, five net tons or more, meeting the criteria of a commercial vessel as defined by the United States Coast Guard must be federally
documented. (See below for address and telephone number of the United States Coast Guard.)
United States Coast Guard
National Vessel Documentation Center
2039 Stonewall Jackson Drive
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419
The information in the following section applies to vessels that have not been titled.
The following documentation must be provided:
- A completed Application to Register a Non-Titled Vessel HSMV 87244. Please note that many times, the following sections of this form are left blank, resulting in an application that can not be processed. Please make sure you have the following complete:
- Copy of the Current Certificate of Documentation issued by the US Coast Guard. If there is a discrepancy with the hull identification number (HIN), a certified pencil tracing will be required.
- A copy of one of the following proof of identification:
- A Florida driver license or identification card w/ photo
- An out-of-state driver license or identification card w/ photo.
- A US passport.
- A Canadian driver license, identification card or passport.
- A driver license or identification card from any U.S. Territory.
- A out-of-country passport.
Please note that while a copy of a Florida driver license or identification card IS NOT required to be submitted, it makes the process simpler. Find out more information about obtaining a Florida driver license.
- Bill of Sale. Evidence that the sales tax on the vehicle has been paid is necessary. Click here for a Vessel Bill of Sale Form.
- As required by Chapter 212 of the Florida Statutes, sales tax in Seminole County is 7% on the balance of the purchase price, less trade in, if any.
- Some transactions such as gifts, trade down or even trade, order of court in divorce proceedings, inheritance, transfer to/from spouse, change of name only, etc., may be exempt from sales tax.
- If the motor vehicle or mobile home was purchased and used less than 6 months in another state, territory of the United States or the District of Columbia, the full amount of the 7% sales or use tax, plus any local discretionary sales surtax is required to be paid before title and registration can be issued by the department. However, a credit may be allowed for a like tax paid in another state, territory of the United States or the District of Columbia, against the amount of Florida sales or use tax and local discretionary sales surtax.
- The registrant's County of residence determines whether an additional local discretionary sales surtax is collected. For additional information view the Department of Revenue’s Discretionary Sales Surtax Information.
If you bought the vessel in the last six months, any tax paid to another jurisdiction may be credited toward the sale tax due in Florida.
Registration Fees - Recreational or Commercial
Registration fees are determined by several factors (hull length, length of registration period, etc.).
|Vessel Length||Annual Fee|
|110' and above||$197.00|
Note: Branch fees may apply.
An additional $50 commercial vessel license fee is required for all non-residents or aliens unless specifically exempted by statute.
You may complete your title transaction at any Tax Collector's office. The new Certificate of Title will be created in Tallahassee and returned to you in 2 to 6 weeks.
If you have not received your new Certificate of Title in 6 weeks, please visit one of our offices or click here to download a HSMV 82101 Application for Duplicate or Lost in Transit/Reassignment for Motor Vehicle, Mobile Home or Vessel Title Certificate.