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Temporary Registration Certificate

A "Virginia Motorboat Temporary Registration Certificate" is available to boat owners who wish to purchase this Certificate as a means to legally operate a motorboat for 30 days while awaiting the processing of their permanent Registration and Title by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The Temporary Registration Certificate is available for purchase through all Hunting and Fishing License Agents at a cost of $11.

If you purchase this Certificate, you are not required to display Virginia Registration Numbers on the motorboat during the 30-day period in which the Temporary Registration Certificate is valid. You must carry the Temporary Registration Certificate on board the motorboat when in use on state waters, and it must be available for inspection by any law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth.

May Be Purchased By

The Temporary Registration Certificate is available for purchase by motorboat owners who have:

  • purchased a new motorboat,
  • registered the motorboat in their name and allowed the registration to expire,
  • acquired a previously Virginia-registered motorboat and the registration numbers are no longer active and cannot be operated with a dated bill of sale and registration of the previous owner, or
  • moved to Virginia and do not have a valid boat registration from another state.

Proof of Ownership Required

One of the following proof of ownership is required to purchase the Temporary Registration Certificate:

  • A Motorboat Registration
    • Issued in the name of the owner, either in Virginia or out-of-state
    • Issued in previous owner's name, accompanied by a bill of sale (receipt) or "change in status form" signed by previous owner
  • A Title to a Vessel
    • Issued in the name of the owner, either in Virginia or out-of-state
    • Issued in previous owner's name and title signed over to purchaser
  • A Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin
    • Issued by dealer for a new motorboat
    • A Bill of Sale or a receipt signed by seller than includes a description (make, length, model year and hull identification number) of the motorboat

Additional information on the "Virginia Motorboat Temporary Registration Certificate" may be obtained by calling the Boat Registration and Titling program of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at (804) 367-6135, or by sending an e-mail requesting additional information to the Department at boat-reg@dgif.virginia.gov.