Documented Vessels

U.S. Coast Guard Documented vessels are not uncommon on Lake Tahoe and Lake Mead. In Nevada, you must register your documented vessel.

The following provides useful information to documented vessel owners:

Why do I have to register my documented boat?

The 2003 Legislature passed Senate Bill 464 that requires any Coast Guard documented vessel to be registered if the vessel operates on the waters of this state in excess of 90 days. The term “operates” includes any vessel moored in a slip on Nevada waters. The registration is an annual requirement that is valid from January 1 through December 31 of each year.

What do I do to register?

In order to register, you must provide the following documents:

1. Proof that the applicable sales or use tax has been paid to the Department of Taxation or a tax waiver from the Department of Taxation. Please contact the following individuals:

Southern Nevada
Jorge Pupo
(702) 486-0606

Northern Nevada
Jo Smith
(775) 684-2067

2. A valid marine document issued by the United States Coast Guard for a documented vessel. The marine document must contain the physical description of the vessel including the length of the vessel and hull identification number; otherwise a one-time inspection will be required which will require scheduling.

Once you have satisfied the taxes with the Department of Taxation, please call one of our offices so that we can make sure you have all the necessary paperwork to complete your registration.

As a registered owner of a documented vessel, you will be required to display the current-year decal. You will not be required to display the Nevada boat number and no title will be issued according to the new law.

Once I am registered, what do I need on my boat?

Valid up-to-date US Coast Guard documentation papers must be carried on the vessel at all times.

As a registered owner of a documented vessel, you will be required to display the current-year decal. You will not be required to display the Nevada boat number and no title will be issued according to the new law.

Who can I contact at Nevada Department of Wildlife if I need more information?

Please see our list of contacts for your area.