Arizona boat insurance

Boat Exemptions

  • Motorized lifeboats used only for rescue operations.
  • Boats used by U.S. Coast Guard.
  • Boats operating in the state for under 90 days.

NOTE: Visiting boaters must have a current boat registration that adheres to the numbering system of your home state or the U.S. Coast Guard.

Arizona Boat Requirements and Procedures

When ownership of a boat changes, the new owner must notify the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD).

AZ New Boat Registration

To register your new boat, simply:


  1. Complete the Application for Arizona Watercraft Certificate of Number (Form 1532)
  2. Round up the license and registration fees (see fees below).
  3. Provide a bill of sale. It must include: your name and the seller’s; the vessel’s length; hull ID number; the boat’s manufacturer; the purchase price; amount of sales tax paid.
  4. Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin.
  5. Take the above materials to the Arizona Game and Fish Department office to obtain your registration.

Used Boat Currently Registered in Arizona

  1. Complete a Application for Arizona Watercraft Certificate of Number (Form 1532)
  2. A bill of sale with your name and the seller’s, the vessel’s length, hull ID number, the boat’s manufacturer, the purchase price and amount of sales tax paid.
  3. You will also need the current registration slip with the previous owner’s signature (indicating release of the vessel).
  4. Don’t forget payment for the registration, license, and transfer fees (see fees below).
  5. Take the above documents to the Arizona Game and Fish Department office to obtain your new registration.

Used Boat Currently Registered in Another State

  1. Complete the Application for Arizona Watercraft Certificate of Number (Form 1532)
  2. Bring the title or registration from your previous state, if available.
  3. Have the payment for your registration fees (see fees below) and license tax.
  4. If you bought the vessel from a dealer, bring the bill of sale.
  5. Take all the necessary paperwork to the Arizona Game and Fish Department office to obtain your new registration.

Boat Insurance

In Arizona, you are not required to have boat insurance in order to register your boat.

Since a boat can be a large investment, you might want to consider purchasing boat insurance to help protect you from the various risks that comes with owning and operating a boat.

Read our boat insurance page for more information.

Additional Note

When you obtain your registration, keep your certificate of number on board whenever your boat is in the water. Also attach your AZ number to the front half of your vessel on both sides along with your renewal decal.

Arizona Boat Registration Fees

Your fees depend on the length of your boat, and your residential status:

Residents

  • 12 ft or less: $20
  • 12 ft 1 in to 16 ft: $22
  • 16 ft 1 in to 20 ft: $30
  • 20 ft 1 in to 26 ft : $35
  • 26 ft 1 in to 39 ft: $39
  • 39 ft 1 in to 64 ft: $44
  • 64 ft 1 in and over: $66

Transfer fee: $4

Non-Residents

Non- residents will pay the residents fee above PLUS the additional non-resident Boating Safety Infrastructure fees for a total amount of:

  • 12 ft: $100
  • 12 ft 1 in to 16 ft: $110
  • 16 ft 1 in to 20 ft: $222
  • 20 ft 1 in to 26 ft: $259
  • 26 ft 1 in to 39 ft: $292
  • 39 ft 1 in to 64 ft: $330
  • 64 ft 1 in and over: $495

Renewals and Replacements

Because of Arizona’s “staggered registration” plan your registration period will vary. Fees will be prorated accordingly, and you’ll be notified of your boat registration’s length, determined the last two digit’s of your hull’s number.

You may renew your registration by:

  • Visiting a AZGFD office.