Importing a Boat into California
Generally, every sail-powered vessel over eight feet in length and every motor-driven vessel (regardless of length) that is not documented by the U.S. Coast Guard which is used or on the waters of this state are subject to registration
by the Department of Motor
Vehicles (DMV). The vessel must be located in California
Vessels previously registered in other states must be registered in California
within 120 days of being brought into the state, if it will be used upon California waterways the majority of the time.
The documents required to register and title a new vessel or a vessel being registered for the first time are:
* Application for Vessel Certificate of Number (BOAT 101).
* Proof of ownership
, such as a bill of sale
, certificate of origin, bill of lading, invoice, or out-of-state title.
* A bond for the vessel value if proof of ownership cannot be provided and the vessel's value is $2,000 or more.