Okay, here we go AGAIN.
States in the USA provide for temporary exemptions / waivers as to registration
of vessels transiting their state waters, each state has its own laws in this regard, ditto as to their usage permit fees
, property taxation, luxury tax, and / or Sale-Use taxation. Some states have requirements as to operator training and education operating "permits". Note that "vessel titling" and "vessel registration" are two distinct matters. And "licensing" [for example for a specific commercial use, e.g., fishing
, chartering, passenger transit, etc." / and "permitting" is / are yet another matter(s). Each word has its unique meaning; one needs to be very specific in this regard, else confusion and errors are readily derived.
The OP stated: "I was wondering, before going overseas, where do you go/ which website do you visit to check if your licence
is applicable in the country of destination." But the OP has yet to provide a clarifying response to what was meant by the word "license" so it is anyone's guess as to what the OP is wondering about and of course as to what the country or countries of destination are. Laws are jurisdictional dependent. Let's wait for the OP to reply with specifics in this regard.
By way of example of ease of confusion, I'll just copy and paste for ease of reading of this thread and provide a link to the informative website. https://www.yachtdocsonline.com/sing...d-State-Decals
"There's a lot of confusion over whether - and when - a US Coast Guard Documented vessel needs to be registered with the state.
The short answer is that USCG Documented boats NEVER need to be titled with the state, but may need to be registered with the state depending on how long the boat is on the state's waters.
First, as to the titling of the vessel, a vessel may either be state titled or federally documented, but not both. Think of USCG documentation
like your title - that's really what it is, even though it has another name. In fact, federal law under 46 U.S.C. § 12106 actually prohibits a USCG Documented vessel from being state titled, and a state cannot require a USCG Documented vessel to display [registration] numbers.
However, states may still require registration of USCG Documented vessels for tax and other purposes. What's the difference between the title and the registration? The title is a formal, colored document used to prove and transfer ownership
. The registration typically consists of a registration card and an annual state decal which must affixed to the boat. So while the Coast Guard Documentation
is your boat's title, you may have to also register with a state." Note: One can title their vessel with a state in lieu of a Coast Guard Documentation
"Registering with a state is normally required if you keep your vessel in a state for a certain amount of time [either consecutively or cumulatively within a period of time].
For example, registration is generally required in Florida if your boat spends more than 89 consecutive days in the state. The Sarasota
Tax Collector has an excellent guide for how to register a USCG Documented vessel in Florida, which states that to get your registration and Florida decals you must bring the following:
Application to Register Non-Titled Vessel
Copy of documentation papers
Copy of executed bill of sale
to document amount of sales tax due
Proof of payment of sales tax or proof of tax exemption
$50 non-resident commercial vessel fee, if applicable
So while USCG Documentation exempts your vessel from having to be state titled or display state numbers, if you keep your vessel in a state for a specific length of time you may have to register and/or pay taxes