Most States require you to "register" the boat with them if you live there. Even USCG documented boats must be "registered" with the State - they do not give you any State Numbers or a State Title but they will normally give you a little decal to stick onto the side of the boat. They want to know you have a boat based in the State normally for taxation purposes. When you travel to another State - say cruise
down and back up the east coast
- each State's officials will be looking for that little decal. If you do not have one, you can get into a world of hassles.
- - There are two kinds of taxes
on boats in the various States, one is, of course, the purchase
Sales Tax. The other is what is called a "Use" tax. States who are adamant about getting a share of your money will either assess you the difference between the Sales Tax you paid when you purchased the boat and the new State's Sales Tax percentage. They normally rename this the "Use" tax as you are "using" the boat in the State's waters.
- - It is not uncommon for some States to exempt boats you purchased in another State and have owned and used for 10+/- years or so. The idea is to prevent folks from driving over the border and buying
a boat in "cheaper" tax State and then returning it to the "high" tax State.
- - In your case you have obviously owned and used the boat in your previous State and are only moving due to employment
requirements. It appears from another post that New York
is one of the "reasonable" States not out to "get your money." Other States are not so nice.
- - As stated by others USCG Documentation only requires you to update your mailing address if you change locations. To change the basic Documentation Form to a new address of record
requires much more work and some fees
. All the information and forms are available on the USCG Documentation website and you can do it all yourself.