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Boat Registration

Boats that are used in Alaska may be required to be registered. "Boat" means a watercraft used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.

Powered Boats

All powered boats used on any water of the state, including rivers, streams, lakes and salt water within 3 miles of land.

This includes non-powered boats with auxiliary power units

Sport Fishing Guide's Boats

All sport fishing guides are required to register both powered and non-powered boats. (AS 16.05.395)


Tenders are boats that are used exclusively for transportation from a boat to shore and must be registered unless they are non-powered.

Exempt from registration in Alaska

The following do not need to be registered in Alaska:


The following are not considered boats and are not required to be registered: a ship's lifeboat, a seaplane, an inspected passenger vessel, or a single air mattress, single inner tube or other water toy.

Non-powered boats

Unless a boat has an auxilary power unit or is used as a Sport Fishing Guide's Boat, non-powered boats are not required to be registered.

Registered Elsewhere

A boat with a valid registration from another state or country that is not operated more than 90 consecutive days in Alaska.

Owned by Government

A boat owned by the United States or an entity or political subdivision of the United States, or a boat owned by a state or an entity or political subdivision of a state.

Please Note: Under FEDERAL law, recreational type public vessels must still be state registered. [33 CFR Subpart B Sec. 173.11(b)]

A documented boat

The documentation may be either from the U.S. or a foreign country.

Please Note: Boats that are not principally used in Alaska must be registered in the state where they are used. Alaska residents, such as military members or college student that live outside of the state, cannot register their boats in Alaska. This is required by federal law and there is no exemption for any group.

How do I register my boat?

Please submit the following to your local DMV Office:

The Certificate of Number must be carried aboard the boat whenever it is in operation.

How long does registration last?

Your boat registration is valid for three years and will expire at the end of the month in which the boat is first registered.

Please note: If you register your boat as a powered boat and remove the source of power at a later time, you may wait until renewal to change to a non-powered boat class, or you may disregard the renewal notice, as non-powered boats are not required to be registered in Alaska.

Please Note: If you register as a non-powered boat and then obtain auxiliary power, you must submit a change with DMV and pay the $24.00 fee for a powered boat. Your registration period will start over and there will not be any refund given for any unused portion of the registration.

How do I replace a lost registration or boat tabs?

To obtain a duplicate registration or boat tab, please send $5.00 and the items shown below to the Main Office, ATTN:  Correspondence:

If there were changes, since last registration

Application for Boat Registration (Form 841), completed in full

If no changes, since last registration

General Information

On January 1st, 2001, the Division of Motor Vehicles assumed the boat registration program from the U.S. Coast Guard. House Bill 108, passed in the 2000 legislative session, authorized this registration program and a comprehensive boating safety program.

Prior to January 1st, 2001, the Coast Guard has registered powered boats that are used on navigable waterways of the state. When the USCG issued registration expires, boat owners must renew the registration with us.

Prior to June 4th, 2004, non-powered boats 10 feet or greater in length used on any water of the state were required to be registered. These boats are no longer required to be registered; however, you may register a non-powered boat if you wish to.

The State of Alaska does not title boats.